numCape Times reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has lost 40% of its members in five years, which has resulted in the union operating at a financial loss since 2013.  

The union’s general secretary, David Sipunzi, painted a grim picture to over 700 delegates who attended the NUM’s two-day central committee meeting in Pretoria this week.  “The union is losing members so badly such that employers don’t recognise us in some areas.  If we continue the way we are doing the NUM will be dead one day.  The survival of this union is in our hands,” said Sipunzi.  In 2011 the union’s numbers stood at 308,628, dropping to 198,237 last year.


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