NUM president Joseph Montisetse said yesterday that the union, together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), was scheduled to meet Gordhan next week to put pressure on the Eskom board to lead the sale to finality.
State-owned electricity producer Eskom is Optimum's biggest creditor, having submitted claims of R5.1 billion to the mines.
“We're hoping that the bidders of the two mines will be given the go-ahead to run with the mine. The meeting is important to unlock the process. Our members and former mine workers are suffering while unemployment has rocketed,” said Montisetse.
Montisetse said the union would also use the meeting to call on Gordhan to address the crisis at Eskom after it announced a record R20.7bn loss in the year to March 2019 from R2.3bn in the previous year.