Lily Mine workers yet to be paid

It has emerged mine workers at beleaguered Lily Mine have yet to be paid for the month of April. This comes on the heels of a host of other troubles faced by the mine since a shaft collapse in February.

Trade union Solidarity says the mine was already two months in arrears and was meant to pay workers their April salaries today.

The mine was placed under business rescue, putting 900 jobs on the line following a shaft collapse at its Barberton operation in February.

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende, and Yvonne Mnisi are still unaccounted for following the tragedy.

Solidarity’s Secretary General Gideon du Plessis says, “It didn’t materialise as the funding didn’t take place from an international funder and those people who were retrenched are unable to claim UIF.”

Du Plessis says workers' emotions are running high and they've now become desperate.

“Nearly all the Lily Mine workers who were renting the houses were kicked out of the accommodation and their children are going to school on empty stomachs.”

Workers say they've received no word from management as to why they haven’t been paid. Miner Dean Ackerman says workers are being kept in the dark.

“It feels like they’re keeping me in the dark. They still owe me for April, my leave days and my 13th cheque. That is a lot of money.”

Jan Heywood, shift boss at the mine, says workers are now depending on donations for survival.

“The whole community has been supported by shops who have donated food. If it wasn’t for donations...”

Lily Mine has been unavailable for comment.

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