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AngloGold suspends operations after sit-in

AngloGold Ashanti halted operations at its Mponeng mine near Carletonville for safety reasons.

Striking miners at Anglo. Picture:  Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - AngloGold Ashanti on Friday halted operations at its Mponeng mine near Carletonville after 200 workers staged an illegal sit-in.

An equipment storeroom was damaged during Thursday's protest, which prompted the mine to once again suspend operations.

AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Alan Fine said, "It is because of damage that was done in Mponeng that it has been impossible, for safety reasons, to send people underground."

The mine hoped to resume operations on Sunday evening.

But worker representative Rogers Motlhabane said there were still unresolved issues regarding a wage agreement.

"Management promised incentives [to workers]. Suddenly, management said it is only going to be a conditional incentive and the workers don't want that."