Bakubung employees undertake illegal sit-in in latest blow to Wesizwe

7th December 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi

Deputy Editor Online


Font size: - +

JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum says employees have embarked on an illegal sit-in at the Bakubung platinum mine, in North West, since the morning of December 6.

Employees chose not to return to surface at the end of their shifts, with demands having been made by the participating employees.

Wesizwe says its management is meeting with local union representatives with the purpose of returning all employees back to surface.

At the end of November, Wesizwe’s share price fell by more than 13% after the company announced that its subsidiary Bakubung Minerals would start consultations with organised labour and other stakeholders on the possible restructuring of the mine operations.

This follows board approval of changes from a hybrid mining method to bord and pillar mining at Bakubung, which will result in a reduced number of employees being needed to establish and maintain the required production profile in the business plan.

The need to reduce headcount is being compounded by the downturn in the mining industry, as well as a recent five-week unprotected strike by employees which adversely affected the mine development progress at Bakubung.

Wesizwe said up to 571 employees could potentially be retrenched, since continuing with the current headcount of 761 employees would not be reasonable if Bakubung is to be placed on a path of profitability and growth.

The mine has already stopped overtime and weekend work and did not renew contracts of mining contract services and fixed-term contracts of noncritical staff. It also placed a moratorium on the recruitment of noncore and critical staff with the aim of reducing the bloated structure that causes inefficiencies.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online



Booyco Electronics
Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying,...

Stewarts & Lloyds
Stewarts & Lloyds

Stewarts & Lloyds today supplies steel and tube, pipe and fittings, valves, pumps, irrigation, fencing, profiling and roofing products. The cash...


Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Resources Watch
Resources Watch
28th February 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?







sq:0.173 0.214s - 107pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now