Mineworkers draw line in the sand over Mupane

Contested: The country’s sole gold mine is undergoing a takeover again, but this time workers want their voices heard PIC: MINING.COM
Contested: The country’s sole gold mine is undergoing a takeover again, but this time workers want their voices heard PIC: MINING.COM

The gold-rich soils at Mupane Mine have changed hands three times since 2005, always in Toronto, Canada and always with local workers carried along wordlessly each time. As the mine prepares to change hands a fourth time, mineworkers are determined to have their concerns heard. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

From its official discovery in 1998, the country’s sole gold mine has changed ownership three times. Each time, corporate executives in pressed suits have gathered with their legal armies and exchanged documents in air-conditioned offices in Toronto, Canada.

Each time, the scores of mineworkers grinding away at the pits in north-eastern Botswana have found out after the fact that the owners have changed. The country’s laws do not compel equity holders to inform workers of these changes, unless there are significant repercussions to employment contracts such as staff rationalisations or movements.

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