Northam shut­down

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Unions said their mem­bers would only re­turn to work at Northam Plat­inum’s Zon­dereinde mine when con­di­tions were safe – af­ter two em­ploy­ees were killed around the mine by as­sailants, who re­main at large.

Mem­bers of the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM), the big­gest rep­re­sen­ta­tive of em­ploy­ees at the mine, sit­u­ated in Lim­popo, had de­manded that ar­rests were made in the un­solved cases and that their safe pas­sage to work was guar­an­teed, said Livhuwani Mamm­buru, a spokesper­son for the group.

The killings have drawn the at­ten­tion of Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane, who met with the NUM, the com­pany and po­lice at the mine this week.

The depart­ment will re­turn for a progress up­date on June 14.

Northam’s un­der­ground op­er­a­tions were idled fol­low­ing the killings, with 1 000 ounces of pro­duc­tion lost daily.

An NUM mem­ber was shot dead on June 6 in the town of Northam, about 20km from the mine.

The com­pany said a sec­ond em­ployee was killed the fol­low­ing day. –


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