Unrest flares up at Harmony Gold mine

2012-12-20 12:54

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.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-20 13:16

    This new burst of investor confidence looks like it's gonna be short lived indeed.

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-20 13:45

      Solution- don't pay the fools and arrest those who have damaged the infrastructure. Let's see if Malema will be out there again doing the only thing he is qualified doing- spouting nonsense.

  • johnny.better.12 - 2012-12-20 13:21

    Fire the lot. No work, no pay. If I was to go on strike I will be dismissed quicker than you can say 'eishhhh'.

  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2012-12-20 13:23

    Serves the workers right for going on an illigal strike in the first place. Workers have to learn that if they appoint a union to represent them, then they have to abide by the agreements made between the company and the union, and that they cannot chop and change when the agreement reached is not to their satisfaction. I dont blame the mine at all, and from what I hear from people I know in the industry, this is going to be the first of many lay offs that the mi8nes are going to do. Actions have consequences, and workes have to learn that their is only so much to go around, companies have to make profit, or they cant employ people.

  • wesselo1 - 2012-12-20 13:28


  • mollie.kruger - 2012-12-20 13:32

    Luckily the new ANC Deputy-boss can sort it out.

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-12-20 13:35

    Deja vu! It was a temporary lull. They made everyone think its over - then they come back with vengeance! They are violent killers and then when they get fired they start striking for getting fired! I dread to think what will happen when these mines get gatvol and close down their operations. Our economy will suffer, we have been downgraded to the limit and all these idiots will join the welfare - oh no they know about the dole! Anyone getting fired through having no respect for the jobs they have should not be entertained. Give these jobs to the unemployed who need jobs!

  • carol.paterson.923 - 2012-12-20 13:45

    Fire all of them, oh gosh then they will all want to go on the 'dole'. I am sure there are plenty of guys of all races who would like to work. It's so sad when there is so much unemployment in this country that this happens. One should be thankful to have a job.

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-20 16:59

    Is there something about the term 'illegal' that people are not understanding, is it a conscious choice to pursue their agenda despite the illegality....or are there more sinister motives on the puppeteer's 'to do' list.

  • maralize.oosthuizen - 2012-12-20 22:20

    Blanke werkers ondergrond vasgekeer, geen familie lede in kennis gestel nie, mynwekers sonder kos en water

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