Pretoria - Striking workers at the Impala Platinum Mine are expected to resume their duties soon, the mine said on Wednesday.
"We are currently in talks with all necessary
stakeholders and we are confident workers will be back on duty by
Thursday, if not Friday, " said Implats spokesman Johan Theron.
He said it was unlikely that the mine would recover the losses incurred during the strike.
"We normally produce 3000 ounces per day, so counting
from yesterday (Tuesday) and most of today (Wednesday) we've lost
roughly 6000 ounces," said Theron.
"If workers were prepared to work during the next public holidays... then we could make up for the losses," he said.
Implats workers downed tools after hearing about the arrest of two of their colleagues on Monday.
The two workers were arrested following violent clashes
between union members belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers
and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
Kahayaletho Mzimeli, 25, and Sibongile Sidadla, 40,
were arrested in connection with the shooting of their colleague last
The pair are believed to be members of AMCU.