Sibanye aims to re­sume pro­duc­tion

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PRE­CIOUS me­tals pro­ducer Sibanye Gold aims to re­sume pro­duc­tion at its strike-hit Cooke Mine later this week, but first plans to con­duct safety in­spec­tions in the shafts yes­ter­day. A com­pany spokesper­son also said that the com­pany needed to wrap up an ap­peals process for around 1 500 min­ers who face pos­si­ble dis­missal for tak­ing part in a vi­o­lent wild­cat strike that started al­most three weeks ago in protest against a com­pany drive to root out il­le­gal min­ers. Il­le­gal gold min­ing has plagued South Africa for decades, with bul­lion pil­fered from both dis­used and op­er­at­ing mines, and Sibanye has vowed it will clear all il­le­gal min­ers from its shafts by Jan­uary 2018. “We hope to have the ap­peals process done by the mid­dle of the week and then we can re­sume pro­duc­tion later this week,” com­pany spokesper­son James Well­sted said. Work­ers at the mine downed tools over re­sent­ment at the com­pany crack­down against il­le­gal min­ers, which has in­cluded the ar­rest of em­ploy­ees for col­lu­sion and a ban on tak­ing food un­der­ground. A to­tal of 461 il­le­gal min­ers have been ar­rested at Cooke since the stop­page be­gan. – Reuters

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