The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has undergone revolutionary change after its General Secretary of nine years Fran Baleni was voted out of the union.
This was revealed late on Friday night after voting was completed at the union’s four day elective congress in Boksburg. Former Free State Secretary David Sipunzi replaces Baleni.
All eyes will be on the new General Secretary and his involvement as the mining industry’s gold sector struggles onwards with wage negotiations.
Yesterday The Chamber of Mines officially noted the outcome of the NUM conference and the election of multiple new office bearers.
It issued a formal statement saying:“We congratulate the newly elected President Piet Matosa, the Deputy President Joseph Montisetsi, the new General Secretary David Sipunzi, the new Deputy General Secretary, William Mabapa and the Treasurer General, David Macatha on their election. We look forward to establishing a constructive working relationship with them and their team in pursuit of the best interests of all our industry’s stakeholders.”
“As the Chamber we have consistently indicated our willingness to engage with all stakeholders in a meaningful and constructive way and we hope that the new leadership of NUM will be open to such a relationship,” Mike Teke, President of the Chamber of Mines adds.
The Chamber also took the opportunity to wish the outgoing General Secretary, Frans Baleni well in his new endeavours.