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South African union to protest unpaid salaries at Optimum, Koornfontein sites

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers plans to launch a protest in Pretoria on Jan. 16 to demand the immediate payment of salaries for over 2,000 workers at the Optimum and Koornfontein collieries, Mining Weekly reported Jan. 15.

The union said the workers have not received salaries for the past three months. It also demanded the restart of the mines and the conclusion of the current business rescue plan for the properties.

Gupta family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources Pty. Ltd. owns the mines.

Bloomberg News reported in December 2018 that South African consortium Project Halo submitted the winning bid of 3.05 billion South African rand for Tegeta's three major assets, which include the mines.