JSE-listed Sibanye Gold has reached formal agreement with all representative unions at Beatrix to resume operations as from the evening shift on Monday in peaceful co-existence to ensure a safe working environment, the company announced on Tuesday.
Operations at the Beatrix North and South shafts were halted on Friday after nine employees were injured in a conflict between members of rival unions
Sibanye management has agreed with unions to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the violence in order to ensure that the perpetrators are identified and appropriately dealt with.
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman commended the unions’ leadership on the mature and cooperative approach that they adopted during a period of high emotion, making the safety and interests of their members their primary consideration.
He went on to say that it is in the interests of all stakeholders, that the mines are able to operate safely and in a sustainable manner and this is an encouraging example of how cooperation and understanding can result in a mutually beneficial outcome. This mature attitude bodes well for the future of mining in South Africa.