Favourable outcome to Cooke 4 Section 189 process
Westonaria, 2 February 2015: Sibanye Gold Limited (JSE: SGL & NYSE: SBGL) wishes to advise that the company has successfully completed the Cooke 4 Section 189 consultation process and that an agreement was reached with employees and organised labour on 12 November 2014.
This agreement followed the Section 189 consultation process, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (“CCMA”), which began on 12 September 2014. Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act prescribes a joint consensus seeking process in an attempt to inter alia; reach consensus on implementing appropriate measures to minimise the number of job losses.
The agreed upon measures required to return the shaft to a sustainable profit included:
- an alternative work cycle at Cooke 4, which was implemented on 24 November 2014;
- a reduction of 392 employees in the Cooke 4 mining employee complement (approximately 16% of a total of 2,403 employees);
- a reduction of 38 employees at the Ezulwini Plant (approximately 16% of a total of 238 employees);
- rationalisation of management structures at the Cooke operations;
- a moratorium on strike action in support of wage increases in 2015;
- a moratorium on external recruitment for the Cooke Operations;
- minimising the use of contractors; and
- ongoing monitoring in order to ensure successful implementation.
The outcome of these retrenchment avoidance measures being implemented is that from a possible 1,776 employees at risk at the Cooke 4 mine, no forced retrenchments were implemented. The required reduction in the employee complement was primarily achieved through voluntary separation packages and voluntary early retirement. In order to minimise job losses, vacancies were filled at other Group operations and contractors were displaced where possible, and those positions were filled with affected employees from Cooke 4.
The alternative work cycle will result in better utilisation of the Cooke 4 asset as the mine will be worked Monday to Saturday (six days a week) every week as opposed to the existing shift 11 shift fortnight arrangement (eleven shifts over fourteen days). The net result of the implementation of the alternative work cycle will be an additional 22 working shifts per annum. Importantly, an additional 213 jobs were saved due to additional employees required to accommodate the extra shifts. It was also agreed that operations would continue to operate over four of the statutory public holidays. The forecast net impact of implementing the alternative work cycle, is to increase profitability at Cooke 4 by approximately R40million-R50 million per annum (assuming a gold price range of between R415,000/kg and R470,000/kg).
Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye Gold, commenting on the outcome of the process said: “I am very pleased that we have again, with the co-operation of our employees and organised labour, managed to arrive at a mutually agreeable outcome. The measures we agreed on have been implemented at the Cooke 4 mine and I am confident that the Cooke 4 business unit is suitably positioned to achieve the required productivity and profitability levels, which will ensure operational sustainability”.
James Wellsted Head of Investor Relations Sibanye Gold Limited +27 83 453 4014 email@example.com
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa (Pty) Ltd
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