Skorpion Zinc to retrench 1 500 workers

Skorpion Zinc to retrench 1 500 workers
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Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has announced that it will close the Skorpion Zinc mine at Rosh Pinah by 1 May retrenching all its workers.
The mine directly employs about 530 workers and over 1 000 workers are contractors.
Starting 1 April, the mine will put its refinery on care and maintenance.
Skorpion Zinc Mine, which only recently came out of a production holiday of two-and-a-half months, says its decision to put the mine and refinery under care and maintenance will affect 1 500 workers.
It says it is in negotiations with the Mineworkers Union of Namibian (MUN) on the retrenchment procedures.
In May 2019 the mine experienced a major open-pit failure, it says, which resulted in the unavailability of ore for treatment, which stopped the operations at the refinery from November 2019 to January 2020.
The open pit failures put the safety of the workers at risk, therefore it was decided to cease all mining operations, while studies to look at feasible ways to make the pit safe for mining options.