Striking platinum miners in the Rustenburg area now want, Xstrata’s operations, Implats and Amandelbult to be shut down next week, along with Amplats, Lonmin and Aquarius which have already shut down to protect workers.
Aquarius Platinum has suspended operations at its Kroondal mine near Rustenburg on Friday – the fourth mine to stop operations in a protracted labour dispute. Police swooped on striking protesters outside and arrested seven people.
…Sebei said protests were continuing to close all mines in the area and named Samancor, Xstrata, (both of which operate chrome mines in the region), Impala Platinum – the world’s No. 2 platinum miner – and Amandelbult (which is located some way away from Rustenburg). He also named Murray & Roberts – a mining contractor employed by Aquarius.
The protestors had given Murray & Roberts and Aquarius Platinum management 15 minutes to respond to a request to close operations.
“We came here peacefully to ask you to close operations, because we believe workers underground are being underpaid,” workers’ leader Godfrey Lindani had said.
Police then swooped on the protesters and Eye Witness News and the SABC reported that tear gas was fired.
…….Nearby Lonmin has been closed for more than a month and Amplats suspended operations on Wednesday.
Operations were halted at Gold Fields KDC west mine near Carletonville on Sunday when workers there went on strike.