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. –