Mine manager reaches out to community

Jan Theron shakes hands with Chief Prince Tikhontele Dlamini while Norman Hatman looks on.

His visit was part of an endeavour to build a good relationship with the KaLomshiyo community.

Theron was accompanied by Israel Nkosi, who is the industrial-relations practitioner, and Norman Hutman.

Theron said he was very thankful to have been afforded an opportunity to come and introduce himself and his team to Dlamini.

Hutman has been specifically deployed to assist Barberton Mines in improving skills development and employment in the community.

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He committed himself to assisting the community and using his vast experience in the mining environment to improve the lives of local residents.

He compared the mine to a cow, which should be maintained with care for all to equally benefit from its milk rather than killing it.

Dlamini said he was very grateful for the mine management team visiting him.
He attributed the community protests that affected mine production in the past month to the lack of communication between the community and the mine.

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“I am very grateful for you coming, although I have nothing to show or give you as a token of appreciation. This visit was unexpected. In our culture, we usually give something to our visitors to show that you indeed came to visit the chieftaincy,” said Dlamini. He said he was aware of what was happening in the mines, as people came to complain to him.

“I think now that you came to visit, I would suggest that in future you must also provide me with the mine disciplinary code of practice so that when my people come to complain, I can intervene from a well-informed position without favour,” concluded Dlamini.

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Richard Nkosi
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