Mathunjwa2Miningmx reports that Nico Muller, CEO of Impala Platinum (Implats), is the latest platinum group metal (PGM) executive to strike a conciliatory note in respect of Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu).  

The union has long duelled with gold and PGM companies on wages and working conditions.  Commenting this week, Muller described Mathunjwa as “an extraordinary business partner”, and said there was a big difference between Mathunjwa’s public persona and his style as a unionist and negotiator.  “My personal journey with Joseph has been quite different,” said Muller of Mathunjwa’s public perception, which is typified by firebrand, off-the-cuff statements.  “From day one, he has been extraordinary; he has never turned his back on his word; he has been incredibly supportive,” said Muller.  His comments came about four weeks after Mathunjwa’s long-time opponent in the mining sector, Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, claimed to have reached “… a credible, respectful relationship – on both sides”.  Mathunjwa could use all the support he gets, with Amcu facing fresh controversy after the labour registrar, Lehlohonolo Molefe, asked the union to explain how more than R15m was paid to the union’s national executive committee (NEC) members as salaries.  Members of the NECs of unions are ordinarily not paid salaries as they are not full-time employees.  In a letter sent to the union last month, the registrar said he might cancel Amcu’s registration as a trade union if it failed to comply with the law.


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