Harmony Gold closer to Kusasalethu agreement

Harmoney Gold says its Kusasalethu is one step closer to reaching an agreement.

Suspended mine workers at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CARLETONVILLE - Management at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine near Carletonville on Wednesday said it is one step closer to reaching an agreement with unions that could see the mine reopening.

Kusasalethu Mine has been closed since last year, when wild cat strikes and violence between rival unions disrupted production.

Around 6,200 workers face possible retrenchment if the mining house does not reach an agreement on the safety of its employees.

Harmony Gold's Marianne Van der Walt said, "We're moving one step closer to reaching an agreement with employee representatives. We had our second meeting with the unions on Tuesday and we hope to reach some agreement fairly soon."

Various sectors of the country's mining industry has been facing increasing pressure since a wave of protests broke out last year.

The demonstrations and stand-offs have seen production falling at several mines, leading to concerns that some companies may be forced to close down.