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Most AngloGold Ashanti miners back at work

The mining giant said the majority of its workforce returned to work following weeks of illegal strikes.

Most striking AngloGold workers are not back at work.

JOHANNESBURG - The majority of AngloGold Ashanti employees returned to work following weeks of illegal strikes, the company confirmed on Friday.

The mining giant on Tuesday announced it would fire 12,000 employees at its West Wits and Vaal operations if they missed a deadline to end the strike.

The dismissal process got underway on Friday.

AngloGold spokesperson Alan Fine said the company will now work towards resuming gold production.

"There is no doubt that there will be some issues that will need to be dealt with. We hope our employees will work constructively towards getting everything back to normal.

"Hopefully we have all learnt from the strike."

The workers were demanding a basic salary of R16,000 a month.