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Gold Fields strike continues

Gold Fields says its KDC and Beatrix mines have suspended operations because of wage strikes.

Goldfields miners gather at a stadium in Driefontein, demanding a wage hike. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mining company Gold Fields on Tuesday said workers at its Kloof-Driefontein Complex (KDC) west mine remain on an illegal strike over wages.

Employees at its Beatrix Gold Mine have also downed tools.

Gold Fields said its KDC staff ignored an agreement reached on Friday to end their mass action.

More than 85 percent of staff joined the protest to demand R16,000 a month and for a senior executive to be dismissed.

The strike at the KDC west mine started at the beginning of September.

Gold Fields spokesperson Sven Lunsche said, "Two of our four mines in South Africa are now on strike, which is having an impact on operations."

MINE DEATH, OTHER TRAPPED

Operations were suspended at Anglogold Ashanti's Mponeng Mine on Gauteng's West Rand after a mineworker was killed underground on Tuesday.

The mine's spokesperson Alan Fine said rock-hoisting operations were halted pending the arrival of a team of inspectors.

"A team from the Department of Mineral Resources is inspecting the scene."

Meanwhile, rescue workers are continuing with their almost week-long search for an illegal miner trapped in an old shaft in Roodepoort.

The man entered the disused mine with three others, who made it back to the surface unharmed.

The miner has been trapped since last Thursday.

Johannesburg Emergency Service spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said rescue workers are making progress.

"We have covered about 430 metres of the shaft. We are looking at covering another 100 metres for us to reach the bottom of the shaft."

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