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Optimum Coal closure: a worker’s story

6 May, 2015Bridget Mahlangu joined Glencore Optimum Coal as a learner plant operator ten years ago. She was fresh from high school, with no experience in mining but only a matric certificate. She was trained as plant operator, responsible for processing and washing coal.

Woman worker raped at South African mine

10 March, 2015A suspect has been arrested and appeared at a South African court this morning following the rape of a female worker at the Thembelani mine in Rustenburg on Sunday.

NUM marches against Glencore

25 February, 2015When Glencore took over the Xstrata and Optimum operations in South Africa, the company committed to not retrench workers. IndustriALL affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa is outraged that Glencore now has announced the closure of the Optimum colliery in Mpumalanga.

Glencore to close Optimum Coal Mine in South Africa

29 January, 2015Mining giant Glencore has announced that they are to close the Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga. Around 1,500 employees and contractors would be affected by the decision.

NUM strike upholds rights at Northam Platinum

22 January, 2015A 6-day strike by 5,000 members of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Northam Platinum ended on 20 January after workers’ accepted a draft memorandum of understanding developed with management.  

Murder exposes rampant sexism in South African mines

12 December, 2014A verdict of two life sentences handed down on 27 November 2014 nearly three years after miner Pinky  Mosiane’s rape and murder underground at Anglo Platinum’s Khomanani mine is only a partial victory as women still suffer systemic violence, exploitation and abuse in South Africa’s mines.

Continued strike at Glencore’s Koornfontein mine

5 December, 2014800 workers at the Koornfontein mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa, have been on strike since 17 October, protesting against substandard severance payments.

Unions call for elimination of gender-based violence

28 November, 2014On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Colombia, South Africa, Turkey and many others called for the elimination of gender-based violence.

NUM National Women Structure Meets

25 November, 2014The National Union of Miners (NUM) in South Africa organized its 6th national women's structure conference in Johannesburg on 19 and 20 November 2014. More than 250 women from all NUM regions and branches participated. 

Building strong unions remains IndustriALL’s focus in Africa

23 October, 2014Leadership of affiliates in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) heard reports of IndustriALL’s work in the region focussed on organizing and growth, and discussed the need for economic and social justice in order to build Africa.