Lanxess MD Ben Marais said talks to resolve the strike failed on Monday night and the employer regretted that Numsa was no longer willing to talk.
“The company takes these developments and demands very seriously and remains available to discuss all addressed matters in the appropriate forums,” he said.
Marais said the mine’s priority was the safety and wellbeing of all employees underground. "We urge Numsa to act in a responsible manner: ending the illegal strike activities immediately, as per the court interdict, in the interest of their members who remain underground," he said.
Marais said all production on site has been stopped and the mine clinic has been closed to ensure the safety of all employees not involved in the strike action, adding that a supply of fresh water and fresh air was being maintained underground.