Amplats takes action as miner strike spreads

ANGLO American Platinum will initiate disciplinary action this morning against miners who persist in the illegal strikes at its Rustenberg mines.

Strikes erupted at Rustenberg earlier this month, forcing Amplats to shut five mines.

Since reopening, the turnout rate is still less than 20 per cent which has given Amplats “no choice” but to force disciplinary action.

Wildcat strikes continue to batter South Africa’s precious metal mining operations.

Further protests have broken out at the mines of gold producer AngloGold, with the majority of its 35,000-strong workforce on strike. A spokesman added that no formal wage demands have been received, although the thrust of the strike was wage-related. Strikes also continued at fellow miner Gold Fields.

Meanwhile, coal miner Coal of Africa has halted operations at its Mooiplats colliery in South Africa, after 176 miners went on a legal strike to complain about wages.