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Blyvoor miners return to work

Gold producer Main Reef said its workers at Blyvoor mine have returned to work.

Most miners have returned to work after weeks of protests.

JOHANNESBURG - Gold producer Main Reef on Friday said its workers at the Blyvoor mine, west of Johannesburg, have returned to work after embarking on a wildcat strike earlier this week.

Miners downed tools on Wednesday evening following a disagreement between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

But the mine said the workers, who are already on a final warning for embarking on an unprotected strike in October, returned to their posts on Thursday evening.

CEO Marius Saaiman said things returned to normal on Friday morning.

"We are very pleased to announce all of our workers returned to the operation for nightshift last night and for the shift that started this morning."

In August, 34 striking workers were gunned down during confrontation with police at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

Workers were demanding a wage increase and better working conditions.

Unions and mine bosses later reached a wage agreement.

Labourers at Lonmin received a 22 percent wage increase.