Optimum Coal Mine to reopen after court judgement

More than 500 jobs will be saved under the new ownership at Optimum Coal Mine in Middelburg.his

The National Union of Mineworkers welcomed the settlement agreement between the National Prosecuting Authority and Liberty Coal ordered by the North Gauteng High Court.

The NPA and Liberty Coal negotiated a R462 million forfeiture settlement over mining rights under the agreement signed last week. Liberty Coal takes ownership of the Optimum Coal Mine and its export arm, the Optimum Coal Terminal.

READ | “Mbalula’s Lily Mine visit a cheap PR Stunt” – ActionSA

“NUM calls on the Richards Bay Coal Terminal board to immediately give back Optimum’s train allocation. This is to allow for the resumption of Optimum’s export capacity. This will ensure that the re-opening of the mine forges ahead unhindered.”

“The NUM calls for the Liberty Coal to re-employ all the employees who lost their jobs during the time when the Optimum Coal Mine was placed under business rescue. NUM reiterates its position to the NPA. The authority’s preservation order against Optimum Coal Mine asserts was a final nail in the coffin of the workers who suffered at the hands of the Gupta family’s shenanigan,” said Bizza Motubatse, NUM Highveld Regional Chairperson.

READ MORE | Bodies of Lily Mine workers trapped six years later

Matubatse expressed his happiness that former employees will go back to work following suffering due to unemployment. “When the NPA decided to close that particular mine, it had a negative impact to our members who were unable to work for their families. We are saying the grass is greener now. As NUM Highveld Region, we welcome the stance, because this matter has been long overdue. It was very difficult for our members who are working there to feed their families, and to take their children to school. We hope that the NPA will not come back at a later stage and decide to derail this particular process.”

Related articles

Banyana Banyana to face off with Tanzania

Banyana Banyana will play against Tanzania in the Olympics games qualifier match at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday, February 27. With all eyes set on the Paris Olympic Games later this year, a lot is at...

JUST IN: President announces election date

President Cyril Ramaphosa has in accordance with section 49(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, read with section 17 of the Electoral act of 1998, determined 29 May 2024, as the...

Murder accused to represent himself after dumping lawyer

Murder accused, Velly Thwala will be representing himself in court. His request was made on Monday when he appeared in the Mbombela High Court on Monday for the murder of his girlfriend, Nontobeko Msithini whose...

More than R33 milllion NSFAS funds recovered from UMP

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has recovered R33 668 138.56 of unallocated funds from the University of Mpumalanga. This was revealed last week Wednesday when the SIU presented its findings to Parliament’s Standing Committee on...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.