Unions ‘condemn panic’ as some South Africa mines restart

By Mining Journal

Sibanye-Stillwater said it had received approval to restart limited mining and processing at its South Africa operations this week, while Impala Platinum is believed to have also asked employees to report for duty on April 14. 

In images shared on social media, a text message and letter said to be from Impala Rustenburg CEO Mark Munroe urged team members to return to work, saying the operation had received permission to ramp up from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.

Implats had said on March 30 it would seek permission to conduct limited operations “under agreed precautionary measures”.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, which describes itself as the country’s largest federation, indicated it was unhappy with the development.

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