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Sibanye-Stillwater concludes wage agreement with three unions

Johannesburg, 14 November 2018. The Minerals Council is pleased to advise that Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

The agreement, concluded under the auspices of the Minerals Council, allows for increases to the basic wage of Category 4-8 surface and underground employees of R700 in year one, R700 in year two and R825 in year three. Miners, artisans and officials will receive increases of 5.5% in year one and 5.5% or CPI (whichever is the greater) in years two and three of the agreement.

In addition to the basic wage, the parties agreed to an increase in the current living-out allowance by R50 to a maximum of R2,150 per month from 1 September 2018. The company will increase the living-out allowance by R75 to a maximum of R2,225 per month on 1 September 2019 and by R100 to a maximum of R2,325 per month in the year that follows.

Sibanye-Stillwater has also agreed to increase incrementally the current minimum medical incapacity benefit of R55,000 to R60,000 over the three-year period by increasing the benefit by R1,500 on 1 July 2018; R1,500 on 1 July 2019; and R2,000 on 1 July 2020.

Sibanye-Stillwater currently employs 32,231 employees in the bargaining unit.

Other non-wage items agreed

In addition to the wage increase, the following additional non-wage issues have been agreed by the parties:

  • Increase of the guaranteed minimum severance payment to R50,000 over the three-year period.
  • Female employees will be entitled to four months of paid leave with an option of spreading the four months paid maternity leave over a period of six months.

Chief negotiator for the Minerals Council, Motsamai Motlhamme, welcomed the agreement. “There are now agreements with all the companies in the bargaining forum. This bodes well for the gold sector for the next three years.”


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For more information, contact:

Motsamai Motlhamme
Minerals Council South Africa
+27 (0)11 498 7400 or
+27 (0)82 202 6734

Charmane Russell
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 372 5816

Memory Johnstone
+27 (0)11 880 3924 or
+27 (0)82 719 3081