UASA would like to thank the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government for intervening and saving jobs at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine, which was forced to close down due to violent attacks on workers by local protestors.
UASA wrote to Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, through FEDUSA to ask for an urgent intervention to the issue.
RBM, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto that employs more than 5 000 workers, will resume production on Monday. Without the intervention the possible loss of jobs could have meant a catastrophe for the workers and contractors on the site.
UASA also wants to thank all the stakeholders involved in finding a solution and reach an agreement, i.e. traditional leaders, the police, local business and trade unions in Richards Bay.
We want to remind government once again to start working on growing industries that boost the economy. The last thing South Africa needs is that large employers such as mines threaten to close their doors permanently, be it because of protest actions or blackouts.
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