Harmony Gold limits mine access

Kusasalethu mine workers being allowed into the hostels to collect their belongings.

Suspended mine workers at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville on Thursday said they will wait as long as it takes for management to reinstate them. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Harmony Gold on Wednesday said workers at the Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville will only be allowed access the premises to collect their belongings from the hostels.

Miners complained that they were not made aware that the mine would remain closed, but the company denied this.

Operations remain at a standstill while talks are underway to resolve the impasse which resulted in several wildcat strikes in 2012.

Harmony Gold's spokesperson Marian van der Walt said they would only allow people with employee identification onto the premises to collect their personal belongings.

"At the moment it's too much of a security risk to allow anyone into the hostel."

Van der Walt also said that Harmony was trying, as far as possible, to assist some of the employees provided that they can confirm their employee status.