Illegal strike brings Platmin’s Pilanesberg mine to a halt

JOHANNESBURG ( − Platinum group metals miner Platmin has suspended mining operations at its Pilanesberg mine in South Africa after workers from mining contractor MCC Contracts embarked on an illegal strike on Thursday.

The striking employees intimidated supervisors and damaged equipment and property at the mine.

The South African Police Services were called in to stabilise the situation, spokesperson Charmaine Russell said on Friday.

Platmin and Eqstra, which is the holding company of MCC Contracts, were currently in discussion with disgruntled workers in hopes of resolving the matter, she added.

The National Union of Mineworkers spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said that the union was not involved in the sudden strike action, but added that it would also meet with the companies to clarify the situation.

He said that changes in service conditions might have been one of the issues that provoked the action.

The mine employs about 1 000 workers.

Platmin is continuing processing operations while mining is suspended, using stockpiles.

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