TO: ALL MEMBERS OF UASA-THE UNION: OPTIMUM MINE AND KOORNFONTEIN MINE
FROM: ADV. NICK VAN ROOYEN
DIVISIONAL MANAGER: LEGAL AND SPECIALIST SERVICES
DATE: APRIL 30, 2019
SUBJECT: STATUS OF BUSINESS RESCUE PROCESS:
1. Optimum Mine
2. Koornfontein Mine
After much effort UASA-The Union secured via the services of our business rescue expert Mr. Gordon Nokhanda. Mr. Wilimiec from the Legal Department of UASA-The Union Mr. Ehlers from the Mpumalanga office of UASA-The Union a meeting with the BRP’s representative in order to properly raise concerns and the lack communication from the BRPs. Shop stewards from both mines were present and formed a part of the delegation.
Meeting with senior Representative of BRP: Optimum Mine
A strong stance was taken by the delegation in regard to the possibility of retrenching members of UASA-The Union. Serious deficiencies in the proposed document provided to ourselves were pointed out by our legal team to Mr. Devon Brikkels, senior representative of BRP Mr. Damons. The issue of obtaining a mandate from our members to enter into discussions regarding possible retrenchment process at Optimum Mine would be taken to our members at Optimum.
The BRP’s position is that the rescue in the near future of Optimum Mine is not an optimistic one. The rights of our members were once again reserved. A number of dire concerns regarding the issue of possible retrenchment were raised by officials of UASA-The Union and Mr. Nokhanda. Subject to obtaining a mandate from our members, UASA-The Union will revert to the BRP with its position regarding the position of possible retrenchment and or the proposals in that regard. This will only take place once a mass meeting with our members takes place.
Meeting with senior Representative of BRP: Koornfontein Mine
A number of specific questions were put by our shop stewards and Mr. Ehlers pertaining to Koornfontein. Certain of the specific questions were responded to and Mr. Nokhanda will meet with Brikkels to assess the status of the documents and put questions to Brikkels. It was emphasised that responses thereto will be assessed and discussed accordingly. Whilst the future of Koornfontein was not certain, a new notice for bidding for Koornfontein Mine was recently published and each bidders for Koornfontein will be assessed.
It is the intention that a Mass Meeting be held with our members for members from Optimum and Koornfontein Mine. This shall be co-ordinated by the UASA-The Union office in Witbank/eMalahleni and is envisaged to take place on Friday May 3, 2019.
As always UASA-The Union will not proceed in the absence of a mandate from its members.
Nick van Rooyen
Divisional Manager: Legal & Specialist Services