Anglo faces protests at Shurugwi mine

HARARE - Anglo American’s (Anglo) Zimbabwe-based platinum producer Unki mine (Unki) faces protest from the Shurugwi community over recruitment of locals among other issues.

According to Anglo, Unki has been experiencing a series of allegations and protest threats from a group led by one B Dzoriwa from the Nhema area.

He claims to be representing the larger Shurugwi community, where Unki is located.

Among the demands, Anglo said Dzoriwa wants only Shurugwi locals —whose IDs have a 66 district code for the area — to be recruited to the unskilled labour positions.

The global miner said Dzoriwa and company demanded that “Unki should recruit from lists submitted by chiefs and or alternatively recruitment should be done in the presence of chiefs.”

The group also accused Unki of “importing” general hands thereby breaching its promise to give preferential recruitment to Shurugwi villagers.

Anglo said members of the group also alleged that Unki was not considering qualified locals for skilled positions and information regarding recruitment was not being disseminated to locals while the miner’s promotion system was not transparent.

As at 2011, 23 percent of Unki’s total unskilled labour was from Shurugwi while 73 percent were from other districts.

However, Anglo, which insisted that it remained committed to the communities associated with its operations, said it held a meeting with the complainants in August last year to whom they explained the human resources and recruitment strategies.

“The group wanted to know if there has been an increase from the 23 percent,” Anglo said, adding that “Unki managed to reach steady state of 120 000 tonnes per month in 2011 and did not expand since.”

Unki is set to hold a press conference on the community protest against Unki on January 6 with senior Anglo officials expected to attend.

Comments (6)

This localisations of employment is unfair because Unki is acompany in Zimbabwe and should also give me an Uzumba guy the opportunity to work for them after all Shurugwi constitutes less than 5% of Zimbabwe so the 23% thy have is more than enough.

weUMP - 3 January 2014

Wait a minute, where should a zimbabwean who hails from masembura where there are no mines be employed? In that case all the people from shurugwi should not be employed in Harare or any other city outside shurugwi then. Food for thought.

fairness - 3 January 2014

Ndiyo indigenisation zve iyi! Ko magetsi anoshandiswa neUnki yacho anobva Shurugwi here kana kuti Hwange?Mabhoyi munonetsa, mainvestor akazotiza nemari dzawo munozodii muShurugwi imomo nema66 ezvitupa zvenyu?Awana basa ngaaseenze irrespective yekuti anobvepi.

Mupfana weBikini - 3 January 2014

Webikini and fairness u r very correct. I think this B Dzoriwa is just loking for political relevance. If that is the case, mazezuru ese arikushanga pa Chiadzwa should leave with immediate effect..and let the wasus take control..

korokoza - 3 January 2014

PaChiyadzwa wabaya dede ngemumukanwa. I also was well informed that most of the korokozas who Besieged chiadzwa were from Shurugwi. Let's unite Zimbabweans, Koroza is right that this guy is looking for political relevance.

Wasu - 4 January 2014

This Dzoriwa guy is an anarchist, advocating for secessionism. Does he mean all Shurugwians employed elsewhere should be kicked out of employment and should Unki close down for whatever reason the Shurugwiz should not be employed elsewhere?

top heavy - 5 January 2014

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