RBM, KwaSokhulu community reach agreement: Zikalala

RBM, KwaSokhulu community reach agreement: Zikalala

A deal has been reached to end the impasse between Richards Bay Minerals and the KwaSokhulu community.

Sihle Zikalala Richards Bay Minerals Kwasokhulu community
KZN government

The groups met to iron out serious issues like crime and violence that have troubled both the mining company and the community.

The north coast group temporarily suspended operations and declared a force majeure in late June over security concerns.

This after operations general manager Nico Swart was gunned down in May, making him the third employee killed since 2015.

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Days later, bulldozers and other heavy machinery were torched at the mine.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, who briefed the media on Thursday, said efforts the save the multi-billion rand investment were a success.

"The two parties have agreed on fundamental issues including that RBM will afford more job opportunities to people from KwaSokhulu Community as guided by the Labour Relations Act.

"The company has agreed that at least 40 percent of currently available general worker jobs should be reserved for members of the KwaSokhulu community, with the ultimate target being 50 percent."

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Operations at RBM are expected to resume on Monday.

No arrests have been made for the Swarts murder and the arson attack.

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