THE National Union of Mineworkers has again called on liquidators to find new buyers for two mines formerly owned by Pamodzi Gold and now under the control of Aurora Empowerment Systems.
"The NUM has repeatedly urged the liquidators to move on in terms of getting new buyers for the Orkney and Grootvlei operations," the union said yesterday.
The union noted that AngloGold Ashanti said it would discontinue services to Aurora's Orkney mine due to non-payment.
NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the situation at the mines had now deteriorated .
Services such as water, compressed air, electricity and sewage services for mining operations had been cut.
Apart from the pollution at Grootvlei, a "plethora" of woes continued to haunt the operations, including non-payment of the workforce, no food, no drinking water for workers, and non-payment of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
AngloGold Ashanti said it had halted the supply of services to the Orkney mine after the liquidators failed to settle a R38million debt.
An additional R59million of debt had been due since before Pamodzi Orkney's provisional liquidation in March 2009.
Both Aurora's mines were represented by provisional liquidator Enver Motala, who said R22million of the R38million was not a debt that had to be settled by the liquidators.
He said the balance was an administrative cost in the liquidator's estate that would be settled once he had verified the figures.
Referring to the R59million debt, he said he would investigate thefigure. - Sapa