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Hwange top brass rejects 50% pay cut

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) management is reluctant to take a pay cut as directed by Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa and is adamant that the 90-day ultimatum they were given by government to turn the coal miner’s fortunes is not realistic.


Last month, Chidhakwa ordered management to cut their salaries and benefits by 50% and gave them three months to ramp up output or risk being fired.


But according to minutes of an executive management meeting held on February 3, it was agreed that the ministerial order was not feasible.

The meeting was chaired by managing director Thomas Makore where it also emerged that the colliery is facing serious viability problems.

“The directive to cut managers’ salaries and allowances by half had [raised] legal implications which needed to be thoroughly followed before implementation,” said Makore in his opening remarks.

He also told the 15 managers who were in the meeting that the three months’ ultimatum to improve production was not realistic due to the financial position of the company, and also that the presence of the media at the meeting made it difficult to articulate all the problems affecting the colliery.

“The minister seemed to have the wrong impression that the poor performance affecting HCCL was due to poor management and therefore more of a people issue than anything else, notwithstanding the working capital challenges,” Makore said.

“The minister also had the impression that management was not aggressive enough in dealing with the creditors who had resorted to litigation and dealing on a cash up-front basis.”

According to the minutes of the meeting, Makore felt that Chidhakwa was under a lot of pressure from his colleagues in government to ensure that production at the mine was increased following the acquisition of various mining equipment from Belarus and India.

Last year, HCCL commissioned new equipment under a $31,2 million vendor financing facility.

However, the equipment has been constantly breaking down.

HCCL has failed to ramp up output despite it projecting to reach 500 000 tonnes per month. The output was expected to be composed of Mota Engil’s 200 000 with the remainder from HCCL. Mota Engil was contracted to mine on HCCL concessions.

The meeting’s minutes showed that output has failed to reach the 500 000 tonnes target.

“Production target for the month was set at 300 000 tonnes, Mota-Engil targeting 200 000t and Opencast targeting 100 000 tonnes,” the minutes said.

The government is the major shareholder at the colliery. HCCL’s second largest shareholder Nicholas Van Hoogstraten has in the past accused management of running down the company.

8 Responses to Hwange top brass rejects 50% pay cut

  1. Mrs Titeh February 14, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Who is this chap capable of defying a the minister. Cry my beloved Hwange colliery.

  2. Mboko February 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Kkkkkkk these managers are just as good as saboteurs why is it that they don’t want to cut their salaries, yet the company is in dire need of capital. Ko marepoters hanzi maipiye kuvepo pa that meeting kkkkkkk matsotsi.

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    clearly this is a sponsored story. It only quotes one person as if he spoke alone at this meeting.

  6. James Dudzai February 15, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Please publish the full set of minutes so that the public can be better informed. That way the public will also see a balance. As it is your report is too biased to be credible.

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    Problem is the Chinese loaned them money then sold them junk! Non of that equipment would ever work in an intense mining environment,Wankie would have been better off purchasing quality rather than quantity from the Zhangs now what?!

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