Announcements 2015

Industrial action at Northams Zondereinde Mine: update 4

Northam Platinum Limited advises that the situation at the company’s Zondereinde Mine remains unchanged while management continues to engage with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in a bid to normalise operations as soon as possible.


Discussions continue between management and NUM leadership

Northam Platinum Limited advises that the situation at the company’s Zondereinde Mine remains unchanged while management continues to engage with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in a bid to normalise operations as soon as possible.

Strike action led by the NUM started with the night shift on Tuesday 13 January. Following employees’ failure to return to work, in contravention of the terms of a Labour Court interdict, management temporarily suspended operations at the mine amidst rising tension amongst striking and non-striking employees. Effectively, operations have been suspended since Friday, 16 January 2015 in the interests of securing the safety and security of employees and company property.

Essential services employees continue to report for duty as per existing agreements while smelter operations continue.

The ongoing strike action results in production losses of around 1 000oz of PGMs per day, equating to revenue of R11.5 million per day. Employees forfeit wages and benefits in the order of R2.4 million per day.

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Industrial action at Northam’s Zondereinde Mine: update 3

Northam Platinum Limited advises that management has taken a decision to temporarily suspend operations at the Zondereinde Mine in the interests of securing the safety and security of employees and company property.


Northam suspends operations at Zondereinde Mine to secure safety and security of employees and company assets

Northam Platinum Limited advises that management has taken a decision to temporarily suspend operations at the Zondereinde Mine in the interests of securing the safety and security of employees and company property. Employees who are members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) embarked on an unprotected strike on Tuesday 13 January 2015. Only essential services employees will be expected to report for duty as per existing agreements.

This decision has been taken amidst rising tension at the mine, owing to incidents of intimidation, assault and threats of violence towards non-striking employees and damage to property on 15 January 2015. A large number of employees signalled a desire to return to work on 15 January in line with the direction of the Labour Court.

Zondereinde management continues to engage with the NUM in a bid to normalise operations as soon as possible and urges the NUM to take heed of the Peace and Stability Framework for the Mining Industry, signed in February 2013.

At the same time, the company will follow disciplinary procedures in respect of employees who failed to heed the direction of the Labour Court to return to work. This could result in dismissals.

Zondereinde’s smelter operations continue to operate.

It should be noted that:

  • Zondereinde Mine produces approximately 65% of Northam’s annual production.
  • Production losses amount to around 1,000oz of PGMs per day, equating to revenue losses of R11.5 million per day. Employees forfeit wages and benefits of the order of R2.4 million per day.
  • Zondereinde Mine employs 6,600 permanent employees and 2,100 contractors.

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Unprotected work stoppage at Zondereinde – update 2

Following the court interdict served on Northam Platinum’s striking Zondereinde employees yesterday, over 40% of the shift complement (of some 4,600 people) reported for the morning shift at the mine today.


Following the court interdict served on Northam Platinum’s striking Zondereinde employees yesterday, over 40% of the shift complement (of some 4,600 people) reported for the morning shift at the mine today.

Management has provided those remaining striking employees with a final opportunity to return to work by 16 January 2015 failing which disciplinary measures will be instituted as provided for in the Labour Court’s interdict declaring the strike to be unprotected. This disciplinary process may include dismissal.

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Unprotected work stoppage at Zondereinde – update 1

Northam Platinum Limited’s urgent application for an interdict in respect of unprotected industrial action at the Zondereinde mine has been granted by the Labour Court.


Northam Platinum Limited’s urgent application for an interdict in respect of unprotected industrial action at the Zondereinde mine has been granted by the Labour Court. Employees have been directed to return to work and failure to do so could result in disciplinary action or possibly dismissal.

The industrial action started from the night shift on 13 January 2015. Management has since received a communique from the NUM with regard to its concerns, which appear to relate to recruitment, disciplinary and leave processes and agreements.

In terms of the recognition agreement with the NUM and the provisions of the Labour Relations Act, Northam has established processes and channels in place to deal with issues of this nature without resorting to industrial action.

Management has urged the union to effect a return to work from 15 January 2015, following which the company will engage with the union on the matters raised.

Smelter operations remain unaffected.

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Industrial action at Northam’s Zondereinde Mine

Northam Platinum Limited confirms that employees at the Zondereinde Mine, in Limpopo, embarked on unprocedural industrial action with effect from the night shift on 13 January 2015.


Northam Platinum Limited confirms that employees at the Zondereinde Mine, in Limpopo, embarked on unprocedural industrial action with effect from the night shift on 13 January 2015.

Zondereinde management is seeking to engage with representatives of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in an effort to understand the cause of the industrial action, and to expeditiously resolve the matter. Management has communicated with employees, and has sought an urgent application to the Labour Court for the action to be declared unprotected, and requiring employees to return to work.

Zondereinde’s smelter operations are unaffected.

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