Rustenburg – Almost 200 workers at Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine in Rasimone near Rustenburg have been retrenched, the company said on Tuesday.
Spokesman Mpueleng Pooe said 174 employees were affected. The retrenchment was due to the “challenging” market conditions affecting the mining industry.
“Royal Bafokeng Platinum has not been immune to the impact of these challenging conditions, as we highlighted during the company’s interim results presentation on 4 August 2015 how the business had been impacted.
“Like the rest of the industry, we have had to relook at the business and reengineer and reposition it in response to these economic conditions to continue to drive towards operational excellence and long term sustainability.”
Pooe dismissed claims by some of the affected workers that they were not consulted prior to the retrenchment and believed they were retrenched for the sole reason of being members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).