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A SIT-IN by workers over a wage dispute halted production at a South African platinum mine, but supply of the metal was unlikely to be affected in the short term, an official said yesterday.
A team of 58 workers at the main shaft of the Two Rivers Mine, owned by African Rainbow Minerals and Impala Platinum, stopped working late on Tuesday night and remained underground, demanding back pay in a dispute that appears to have caught both the workers' respective unions and management off-guard.
Mike Schmidt of ARM, which runs the joint venture mine, said the operation churns out some 200 ounces of platinum a day, and was now relying on stockpiled ore to sustain market supply.
Mined ore was also being hoisted from underground, he said.
"Our production profile is not affected yet, this kind of action would have to last for about a week to affect output," he said.
Schmidt denied claims by NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka that its NUM members were being held hostage by members of the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
The NUM urged law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of its workers at the mine, located in Mpumalanga. The NUM said it was unaware of the workers' grievances.
AMCU's regional secretary for Mpumalanga and Limpopo Jimmy Gama said the union had disassociated itself from the sit-in action, and had urged its members to return to work. - Reuters