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Xstrata axes 400 workers

Xstrata on Thursday confirmed it has dismissed more than 400 workers at its Kroondal mine.

400 illegal strikers have been dismissed at Kroondaal

JOHANNESBURG - Xstrata on Thursday confirmed it has dismissed more than 400 workers at its Kroondal mine following illegal strikes.

Last week, the workers at the North West mine embarked on an illegal strike.

The workers were then issued with an ultimatum to return to work today, but many missed the deadline.

North West police spokesperson Sam Tselanyane said the miners gathered at the mine briefly on Thursday morning.