Govt owned Hwange coal mine to sack 1,500 workers, says minister

By: 
Bloomberg

HARARE — JSE-listed Hwange Colliery, a partly state-owned Zimbabwean coal miner, plans to cut 1,500 jobs this year to make it more viable and has put measures in place to protect it from lawsuits, Deputy Mines Minister Fred Moyo said.

"Hwange’s labour force is 3,000 and about 1,500 are going to be laid off to make the company remain viable," Moyo told lawmakers in the capital, Harare. The country has a 37% stake in the company.

"Government has put in place a scheme arrangement authorised by the High Court which will protect the company against litigation."

Hwange operates a mine in northwest Zimbabwe and is the country’s largest coal miner after Makomo Resources and a supplier of the fuel to state-owned power utility Zesa Holdings. British businessman Nicholas van Hoogstraten holds 20% of Hwange through Messina Investments.

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