The mining group said it was pleased to advise that it had reached formal agreement with all representative unions at Beatrix, resulting in commitment from the unions to ensuring peaceful co-existence and hence a safe working environment.
“This has allowed management to resume operations at the affected sections from the evening shift on 9 February 2015,” said [DATA SGL:Sibanye Gold Limited].
The company added through a SENS statement that management will now focus on completing its investigations into the cause of the violence in order to ensure that the perpetrators are identified and appropriately dealt with.
According to the mining group, the unions have agreed to co-operate fully with the investigation; ensure that their members refrain from any acts of violent conduct and ensure the peaceful re-integration of affected employees into their places of residence.
Sibanye has also made a commitment to conduct a thorough investigation into the events of 5 and 6 February 2015; and institute appropriate disciplinary action against the perpetrators of the violence.
Neal Froneman, chief executive of Sibanye commended the unions’ leadership on the mature and cooperative approach that they adopted during a period of high emotion, making the safety and interests of their members their primary consideration.
“It is in the interests of all stakeholders, that the mines are able to operate safely and in a sustainable manner and this is an encouraging example of how cooperation and understanding can result in a mutually beneficial outcome,” he said.
“This mature attitude bodes well for the future of mining in South Africa.”
Froneman also commended the management at Beatrix for the strong leadership they demonstrated in dealing with this incident and securing this agreement, without a further escalation of the unfortunate violence.