Workers down tools at country's newest mine

Workers gather outside Masama mine on Mondais. PIC: Phatsimo Kapeng
Workers gather outside Masama mine on Mondais. PIC: Phatsimo Kapeng

Production ground to a halt this week at Masama Coal Mine, the country’s newest mine, after workers of the mining contractor, Jarcon, downed tools in pay dispute, BusinessWeek has established.

Owned by Minergy Limited, Masama is ramping up to full operations with a target of 80,000 tonnes of saleable coal per month starting from next month. Minergy has already extracted roughly 39,000 tonnes of coal to date and in excess of 340,000 tonnes are exposed in the pit.

However, operations came to a standstill this week when some Jarcon employees called a strike.  Jarcon is a joint venture between IPP, a South African company and Giant Plant, a Botswana company. The joint venture won the mining contract last September.

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