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Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine remains closed

Harmony Gold says it will reopen its Kusasalethu mine once they are sure it is safe and profitable.

Harmony Gold says it will reopen its Kusasalethu mine once they are sure it is safe and profitable. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Harmony Gold on Monday said its Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville would remain closed to ensure the safety of its employees.

There were several wildcat strikes at the mine and underground protests in 2012.

Mineworkers were demanding increased wages and improved living conditions.

In December, around 1,700 workers refused to surface.

They were protesting the suspension of some mineworkers who took part in an illegal strike.

The company said it was concerned about security, saying it would weigh up its options and decide whether it will continue operations there or begin retrenchments.

Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt said, "We are going to have discussions and consultations with the unions to find a solution to ensure that Kusasalethu becomes a viable mine again.

"It will only be reopened once we know that it is safe and profitable to do so."