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No end in sight for Kumba strike

Northern Cape police have managed to restore calm to Kumba mine, but the strike continues.

Striking Kumba employees are protesting outside the Sishen mine on 15 October 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

NORTHERN CAPE - Kumba Iron Ore is anxious to resume operations at its Sishen Mine but it is not clear when that will happen.

On Tuesday morning, 40 striking mineworkers were arrested in a pre-dawn raid by police.

They had been blocking access to the pit and had threatened to destroy billions worth of heavy duty mining equipment belonging to the company.

Kumba spokesperson Yvonne Mfolo says the striking miners represent only a fraction of employees at the mine.

"We've assessed the situation and we see that it's only some people who are in support of the strike."

On hearing the news that 40 of their colleagues had been arrested, angry mine workers went on the rampage near their hostel.

They set a building alight and vandalised company property.

Police managed to disperse the crowd, but the strike continues.

Workers want their monthly salary increased by R15,000.