Sibanye-Stillwater NUMSA strike

NUMSA has slammed Sibanye-Stillwater management for refusing to grant workers their demands. Photo: Supplied

‘Motivated by greed’: NUMSA slams Sibanye-Stillwater management

NUMSA says Sibanye-Stillwater can afford to give workers who have been on a 3-month strike a R1000 wage increment.

Sibanye-Stillwater NUMSA strike

NUMSA has slammed Sibanye-Stillwater management for refusing to grant workers their demands. Photo: Supplied

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says Sibanye-Stillwater can afford the R1000 wage increment its workers are demanding. 

Sibanye-Stillwater employees have been on strike for the past three months. They also disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at  Rustenburg on Workers Day. 


NUMSA said it is dismayed by the intransigent, inflexible stance taken by Sibanye-Stillwater management against the genuine demands of workers. 

The union said it stands in solidarity with all workers on the strike and supports their demands.

NUMSA spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said mining bosses have unfairly and unjustifiably subjected workers and their families to unnecessary suffering. 

Hlubi-Majola said they firmly believe that the mine is in an economically viable position, and it can afford to meet workers’ justifiable demands. 

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“NUMSA is irritated with the CEO, for refusing to grant workers a R1000 increase.  Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed only to increase wages by R850, whilst at the same time, the mine recently paid the CEO a whopping R300 million rand in share proceeds.

“The difference between what workers are demanding and what the company is offering is only R150! The CEO was awarded a basic salary of R12.42 million in 2021, plus an amount of R7.8 million in cash bonus. He was then paid an additional R264 million on top of his basic package from conditional share proceeds!”

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola


Hlubi-Majola said the board of Sibanye-Stillwater, its executive and all its shareholders should hang their heads in shame, for refusing to grant workers their demands and for dragging this strike for six weeks.

“Sibanye-Stillwater can afford the increase – they are motivated by greed. What is even worse is that Sibanye-Stillwater’s positive financial performance is in full view of the public, but because they treat the public as ignorant, it is easy for them to take workers and the South African public for granted. 

“We are extremely angered by the fact that the mine, whilst making money and raking in huge profits, can show workers the middle finger when their balance sheet exposes them. We condemn the management of Sibanye-Stillwater for their rampant greed!”

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola

NUMSA also touched on what happened at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium saying President Cyril Ramaphosa deserved to be chased away. 

“The ANC government and President Cyril Ramaphosa have failed to affirm the working class majority into ownership and control of all the commanding heights of the economy, and affirming them into ownership and control of all our country’s mineral endowment,” the union said.

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