The mining company announced earlier this year that all operations at the mine would be terminated because the mine was no longer profitable.
According to Connie Prinsloo, deputy general secretary of the mining industry at Solidarity, the trade union supports the decision to sell Kopanang since it could result in the new owner creating job opportunities.
At the same time, no sales transaction could lead to Kopanang gong into so-called care and maintenance that would result in far fewer job opportunities.
“Should Kopanang be sold to another company and become operational again, it would make a positive contribution to economic growth which is crucial, especially for this region,” says Prinsloo.
“Solidarity supports initiatives that create job opportunities, ensure job security en promote economic growth,” concludes Prinsloo.
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