LEPHALALE – Strikers taking part in a protected strike at Nylstene (T/A Mokolo Bricks) in the heavy industrial area outside of Lephalale were this week still striking.
According to Jan Esterhuisen from Nylstene they are still in negotiations with NUM, the National Union of Mineworkers, but at the time of going to press no agreement had yet been reached.
On Friday afternoon 1 April the premises were abandoned after a section of the brick manufacturing machine was torched during Thursday night or Friday morning. The security company who are protecting the premises did not pick up anything untoward and the burnt out part of the machine was only discovered on Friday morning. It is suspected that this incident is related to the strike but it could not be confirmed.
Esterhuisen says this process not only puts the business behind by at least a month but that the workers, who are in the meantime not being paid, are going to struggle for a long time to work back this loss in income.
The machine damaged by the fire is not locally available and is thus very expensive.
Esterhuisen also explained that should any problems occur in any part of the machine, the whole machine needs to be examined from front to back for any faults or obstructions before work can be resumed.
By Tuesday 4th April the management of Nylstene were still in negiotiation with NUM and according to Jan Esterhuizen they were making progress but a mutual agreement has not yet been achieved.