Harmony Gold workers denied access

Harmony Gold miners say they have been denied access to the Kusasalethu hostels in Carletonville.

Harmony Gold miners say they have been denied access to the Kusasalethu hostels in Carletonville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Harmony Gold miners on Wednesday said they were denied access to the Kusasalethu hostels in Carletonville.

The mine remains closed after violence erupted last year and miners continued to stage underground protests.

The mine said it was weighing its operational and financial position and the future viability of Kusasalethu.

The violence reportedly pulled production down to an estimated 22 percent of the volume planned for the period from 26 October to December last year.

Employees said security and police blocked the entrances to the hostels where they had been staying.

But Harmony Gold Mine spokesperson Marian van der Walt said they were warned to collect their belongings and leave.

"A couple of the miners arrived, stating that they did not receive notice of the mine being closed, and that is in fact incorrect."

She said mine management did however tell miners they could enter the hostels and collect their belongings on provision they could supply security guards with their employee details.