An inter-Ministerial committee of Ministers including the Ministers of Mineral Resources, Police and Labour, met with labour unions AMCU and NUM in Carletonville today.
This is part of ongoing efforts by government to resolve the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations which began in November 2018.
There have subsequently been increasing incidents of violence in the Carletonville area, impacting negatively on communities in the area.
Under normal circumstances, a strike is resolved through collective bargaining by the relevant unions and management, however, the situation in Carletonville has become abnormal and escalated to violence, hence the decision to bring in the Minister of Police.
The main priority is to ensure that the strike is resolved and that the situation around Carletonville can be stabilised and return to normality.
Peace and stability are critical for the long-term sustainability of the sector, and Government continues to urge all parties to engage in a manner that is peaceful, with respect and tolerance for different views.
Meetings will continue tomorrow.
Issued by the Department of Mineral Resources