Johannesburg - Sibanye Gold will retrench 1110 workers at
its Beatrix West mine in the Free State, Business Day newspaper reported on
Up to 3 000 jobs could be cut at Beatrix West after a fire
caused the mine to shut down in February.
Sibanye Gold chief executive officer Neal Froneman said 1
110 jobs would be cut with 330 workers developing and opening new areas of the
mine being affected.
Another 780 jobs would be cut from the entire Beatrix
mining operation in the Free State, it was reported.
Sibanye Gold was formed when Gold Fields unbundled three
old deep-level gold mines in South Africa into a listed company.
"A lot of positive things can happen, but the
companies can't keep taking risks and being charitable institutions, because it
has knock-on effect on the rest of the business," Froneman told the
He praised the unions, including the Association of
Mineworkers and Construction Union, for playing their part in keeping the mine
open, it was reported.
"We did it by the book.
"The unions came up with some solutions and we were
flexible in our thinking. This is the end result," Froneman was quoted by
Business Day as having said.
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