elizestrydomBusiness Report writes that Chamber of Mines chief negotiator Elize Strydom said on Thursday that the proliferation of illegal mining incidents and community unrest were some of the problems that have increased risk in mining in SA.  

She was speaking at the National User Mining Forum on the platinum and gold sectors, an information sharing session that was hosted by the CCMA.  Strydom said community unrest had become common:  “Communities are demanding jobs.  They are making the lives of mines very difficult.  Daily we have roadblocks that prevent trucks from delivering goods to mines.”  Meantime, the industry was preparing with coal wage talks after agreeing to negotiate at a central level at the Chamber.  For the first time, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be represented.  Strydom said the gold sector wage talks next year will be problematic.  “This is because we have the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) which are struggling for membership,” Strydom said.

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