South Deep: Saving jobs and securing the future
HOW DID WE GET HERE
Gold Fields has a plan which will allow us to stabilise South Deep, and to save 3,500 jobs. If we do not implement the plan, South Deep will continue to lose money and the future of the mine will be at risk.
WE NEED TO REDUCE COSTS
Reduce mining areas
Lower overhead costs
Use fewer machines more productively
Fewer people are needed to work at the mine. We followed the Section 189 consultation process as per the Labour Relations Act and retrenched around 1100 employees and 400 contractors.
IMPACTS AND ENGAGEMENTS
The retrenchments have impacted around 1,500 people. However, these steps are intended to protect around 3,500 jobs which will remain.
SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES
Retrenched employees have received the following support:
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES
Gold Fields remains committed to our communities – we will continue to invest in our social programmes and projects.
The Section 189 process around the retrenchments of South Deep employees and contractors led to a 45-day strike by the NUM.
This strike ended on 21 December 2018. All the relevant documents and information is contained on this portal.
EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATIONS18 December 2018 - South Deep and NUM reach agreement [PDF - 669KB] 14 December 2018 - Consequences of illegal actions [PDF - 668KB] 11 December 2018 - NUM calls off strike [PDF -3MB] 05 December 2018 - Further court interdicts against NUM Branch [PDF - 3MB]
MEDIA RELEASES18 December 2018 – South Deep signs strike settlement agreement with the NUM 27 November 2018 – Gold Fields responds to the statement by the DMR 22 November 2018 – NUM strike at South Deep continues into third week
DOCUMENT CENTRE18 December 2018 – Strike Settlement Agreement [PDF - 807KB] 05 December 2018 - What has the Company done to help me get back to work [PDF - 220KB] 05 December 2018 - Contempt of court order [PDF - 410KB]