Min­ers ‘at war’ with or­gan­ised gangs

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

SOUTH Africa’s gold min­ers are fight­ing a “war” against or­gan­ised crim­i­nals, cor­rupt po­lice and their own em­ploy­ees who are en­gaged in sys­temic theft from oper­at­ing mines, Nash Lutch­man, se­nior vice pres­i­dent for se­cu­rity at Sibanye Gold, said yes­ter­day. Lutch­man said Sibanye, the coun­try’s big­gest gold miner, had ar­rested 461 il­le­gal min­ers at its Cooke op­er­a­tions, west of Jo­han­nes­burg, this year. He said the com­pany was los­ing about 3.5 per­cent to 4 per­cent of its gold pro­duc­tion to il­le­gal min­ing. “The govern­ment and the po­lice need to tackle or­gan­ised gangs that bring peo­ple from over­seas and make them work un­der­ground,” Lutch­man said.

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