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Unrest flares up at Harmony Gold mine

Dec 20 2012 12:54 Reuters

Company Data

HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED [JSE:HAR]

Last traded 34.35
Change 0.35
% Change 0.01
Cumulative volume 929825
Market cap 14.97bn

Last Updated: 24/04/2014 at 04:28. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - Five mine workers were injured in a clash with security guards at the Kusasalethu mine of Harmony Gold Mining Company [JSE:HAR] in Carletonville, the company said on Thursday. 

"There was indeed violent behaviour and damage to mine structure this morning," spokesperson Henrika Basterfield said. 

She said 578 employees, including contractors, were suspended on Thursday for taking part in an unprotected strike last week. 

On Thursday, workers clashed with security guards. Rubber bullets were fired and five people were injured. 

The mine would close a day earlier for the festive season. 

"At the moment we are evacuating the shaft. We are closing." 

On Thursday, Harmony's chief operating officer Tom Smith said violence would not be tolerated at the mine. 

"To ensure the safety of our employees it has become imperative to close the shaft until the labour issues have been resolved." 

Late last month two workers were killed and a third injured during violence believed to be the result of rivalry between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers. 

Management, the recognised unions, and Amcu, had been in talks about ending conflict at the mine since workers ended an unprotected strike on October 25.

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