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NW chrome mine remains closed

There has been no solution yet to the ongoing illegal strike at the Lanxess chrome mine.

There has been no solution yet to the ongoing illegal strike at the Lanxess chrome mine. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Lanxess chrome mine in Rustenburg remains closed as workers continue with their unprotected strike for a fifth day.

At least 10 miners were injured when security guards at the mine fired rubber bullets at striking workers on Tuesday.

Protesters allegedly tried to attack mine managers who wanted to discuss issues around performance bonuses.

Workers are demanding the company pay performance-based bonuses, but Lanxess said it would all depend on the company's global performance.

In a bid to resolve the issue, managers approached the striking miners but were met by an angry crowd who started throwing stones at them.

Two guards were also injured in the altercation.

Talks to resolve the dispute continue.

Developments at Lanxess come just a week after workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine took part in an illegal strike following union rivalry at the Rustenburg operation.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan warned that the ongoing strikes in the mining industry could lead to job cuts.

He said the strikes would impact investor confidence.

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