Task team to avert job losses at struggling sugar giant

05 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914760

Agriculture & Sugar
Commerce & Trade
Government & Municipal
Property – Commercial & Industrial

KWAZULU-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube has met with representatives of Tongaat-Hulett to look at the challenges faced by the company, which could result in job losses.

The sugar and property giant announced recently that it was facing “significant business challenges” and it was looking to reduce its headcount as part of a broader restructuring of the business.

The company has issued Section 189 letters to employees which will impact 5 000 permanent and temporary employees across Tongaat-Hulett's operations in six SADC countries.

The department said as a strategic investor in the province, involved in one of the key economic development spheres, government has decided to look for a way to work with Tongaat-Hulett to minimise the impact this will have on the livelihood of employees.

“We have just had a fruitful meeting with the representative of Tongaat-Hulett with a view of getting an understanding of where we stand in terms of Tongaat-Hulett developments,” said the MEC.

“We have now decided that we are going to form a task team that comprises of a Tongaat-Hulett team as well as our team from the government which will then develop a report that we will take to cabinet with a view of getting the multi-disciplinary team to look at various aspects of those investments.”

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