Skorpion Zinc workers redeployed

The mine management says it is necessary to get a bigger contractor on board to keep the mine open.

31 January 2017 | Labour

Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery has confirmed that it has notified 278 of its 1 500 employees that they will be redeployed after the company decided to outsource its mining activities to the South African company Basil Read.

The general manager of Skorpion Zinc, Irvinne Simataa, yesterday said it would be expected of Basil Read to “absorb” these workers since it was anticipated to create about 450 jobs for Namibians.

“The affected employees will be given preference in the recruitment process,” Simataa said.

The company said it had to outsource its mining department to ramp up its production capacity and ensure the required leverage to continually supply iron ore.

“We have had discussions over the last year about the short lifespan of the mine. We had to come up with a tenable solution not to close the mine down,” Simataa said.

The mine said it had informed the relevant stakeholders of its intention to restructure its operations by outsourcing the mining activities,

Simataa said Basil Read had the capacity to manage the next phase of the mine development, which is the Pit 122 mine life extension project.

The Pit 112 project will involve pre-stripping of large quantities of waste rock – from 17 million tons per year to 40 million tons per year – to broaden and deepen the current Pit 103, which will run out of minable ore in June this year.

The corporate affairs manager of Skorpion Zinc, Nora Ndopu, said the company did not have the capacity to mine the large quantities of waste economically and within the required timeframe. The cost of acquiring such capacity would render the Pit 112 project uneconomical, hence the decision to outsource to Basil Read.

She said if the Pit 112 project did not go ahead the mine and refinery would have to close down for an indefinite period. That could mean that the mine would have to retrench its full complement of 1 500 workers and contractors by the middle of the year.

The company said Pit 112 would access new minable ore and in this way extend the life of the mine by three years until 2020.

Simataa said the process had been “very transparent” and the affected workers were kept informed about the process. He said he embarked on road shows last November to inform workers and the town of Rosh Pinah of the impending retrenchments.

“We have spoken to everyone that needed to be spoken to. It would be irresponsible to close an asset like this.

What needs to happen has to happen in earnest,” said Simataa.

Workers were notified on 16 January that retrenchments would start and redeployment would follow that.

All stakeholders, including the labour commissioner, the Mineworkers Union (MUN) and all affected individuals outside the bargaining unit of the MUN, had been informed of the retrenchments, Simataa said.

CATHERINE SASMAN

Similar News

 

Rosh Pinah Zinc workers want specialist fired

14 hours ago | Labour

Workers at the Rosh Pinah Zinc Mine have given management four working days to remove its employee relations specialist, Angeline Barnard-Hagen, or face “unforeseen action”.In...

Union wants non-compliant retailers to go

14 hours ago | Labour

The Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU) has demanded that the minister of labour call retailers that exploit workers to order. The union claims...

‘The public is left out’

2 days ago - 22 February 2017 | Labour

JANA-MARI SMITH The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) yesterday slammed the way in which public consultations are handled by...

Police remove protesters from Walvis Bay harbour

4 days ago - 20 February 2017 | Labour

About 40 casual workers of the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) were removed by the police last week after they had been camping illegally in front...

MUN accuses Rosh Pinah of victimisation

1 week ago - 17 February 2017 | Labour

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) has accused the Rosh Pinah Zinc Mine of appointing an employer relations (ER) specialist to get rid of workers...

Farmworker claims ill-treatment

1 week ago - 16 February 2017 | Labour

A woman who worked close to 30 years on a farm claims she was given 24-hours' notice by her employer to vacate the land after...

NTTU blames govt for incompetence

1 week ago - 15 February 2017 | Labour

The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) has blamed the stagnation of the public transport regulations on incompetence or the wilful inaction by some government...

NUNW calls for local ownership, local jobs

2 weeks ago - 06 February 2017 | Labour

The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) has reiterated a call on the government to insist on 50% shareholding in all local mines on behalf...

Skorpion Zinc workers redeployed

3 weeks ago - 31 January 2017 | Labour

Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery has confirmed that it has notified 278 of its 1 500 employees that they will be redeployed after the company...

Managers unsettle factory workers

1 month - 20 January 2017 | Labour

Workers from Embwinda Fishing, formerly known as Cadilu Fishing, handed over a petition to their management voicing their grievances against two of the company's employees....

Latest News

Robber assaults sleeping baby

14 hours ago | Crime

JESSICA BOTES A Swakopmund mother of twin babies is the latest victim of a string of violent burglaries in Swakopmund.At approximately 03:50 on Wednesday, a...

Rosh Pinah Zinc workers want...

14 hours ago | Labour

Workers at the Rosh Pinah Zinc Mine have given management four working days to remove its employee relations specialist, Angeline Barnard-Hagen, or face “unforeseen action”.In...

Land activists say they won't...

14 hours ago | Politics

The Landless People's Movement has indicated its intention to approach the ombudsman to compel the land reform ministry to release its version of the resettlement...

Union wants non-compliant retailers to...

14 hours ago | Labour

The Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU) has demanded that the minister of labour call retailers that exploit workers to order. The union claims...

Hoff guilty of attempted murder...

14 hours ago | Crime

Susanne Hoff (56) was found guilty of the attempted murder of her estranged husband, Egbert Hoff, by the Windhoek Regional Court yesterday.Hoff, who pleaded not...

Ondonga backs Nangolo to succeed...

14 hours ago | Cultural

The Ondonga Traditional Authority on Tuesday affirmed that Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo is the Ondonga king-in-waiting.The OTA said in a statement that King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas...

Dineo storms onto bucket list

14 hours ago | Disasters

When you plan a sunny Mozambican holiday in February, the last thing you expect is to be caught up in a cyclone. (Well, maybe we...

The 2017 Budget should demonstrate...

14 hours ago | Opinion

BY MALLY LIKUKELA As preparations for the 2017 National Budget gather momentum and a greater participation by various stakeholders becomes evident. The budget is...

I am a foolishly wise...

14 hours ago | Opinion

I have always been fascinated by the manner in which the Police in United States of America, in cities like New York, Los Angeles or...

Load More