Zimbabwe: Gold Mining Group brings in hundreds of employees

HUNDREDS of Mazowe Mine employees have reportedly become unemployed after the company was accommodated and maintained.

The Mazowe mine is part of the Metallon Corporation group, which includes mine mines, Mazowe mines, Shamva and Redwing.

Sources told NewZimbabwe.com that the employees had received notifications for three months in anticipation of dismissal.

"Employees have received three months' notice of their dismissal, the employees are now unemployed and will wait for their packages within five months," according to a source.

Attempts to receive comments from Metallon proved fruitless at the end of Saturday.

However, in a letter to this publication and reportedly signed by Acting Managing Director, Joseph Chifamba confirmed that workers in the Mazowe mine are being cut back.

The letter to the employees was as follows: "Please note that your position has become redundant as a result of restructuring and that you therefore cancel your employment three months in advance.

"The notice period runs from 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018. In accordance with the Labor Act, a budget package is negotiated in the Works Council."

Unconfirmed reports also claimed that 200 employees of Shamva Gold Mine also received notifications to terminate the employment.

Despite the fact that they have achieved positive output and financial results over the past two years, the mining group has faced challenges including non-payment of salaries amid allegations of externalization of mining revenues that have taken the company out of working capital.

The gold mining group is currently facing allegations of externalization of more than $ 30 million.

Meanwhile, Secretary General Japhet Moyo of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU): "If these reports reflect what is happening in the mining sector, especially in these companies, then it is a sad situation.

"Remember that during the election period we were dealing with mega-deals and that one company in the mining industry would employ 15,000 employees.

"This development, if confirmed, is contrary to what we were promised."

Moyo added; "We hope that this has nothing to do with the controversial elections, something we talked about prior to the vote that this country can not afford another disputed election outcome."

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