Operations at Sibanye Gold resume

Miners protested this week saying management is covering up the real cause of an employee’s death.

FILE: Miners protested this week, saying management is covering up the real cause of an employee’s death. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Operations at Sibanye Gold's Driefontein Mine near Carletonville have resumed today after workers suspended their underground sit-in.

About 1,200 miners protested this week saying management is covering up the real cause of an employee's death.

But Sibanye Gold says a forensic pathologist is still compiling a report into the man's death.

It also says disciplinary proceedings will go ahead, against those who participated in the illegal demonstration.

Spokesperson James Wellsted says the company took a financial knock.

"At the moment we haven't really released numbers. The mine produce about 50 or 25 kilos a day of gold but we hope to catch it up during the course of the year. Hopefully it won't have too much impact.

The company says it will take action against the Amcu-affiliated worker s because their illegal protest cost them two days of production.

Amcu's Jeff Mphahlele says management at Sibanye should also be subject to disciplinary processes because they triggered the workers reaction.

Mphahlele says, "We have to create a balance between the two. It cannot always be the employees who are on the wrong side. The employees were working and the mine management is the one that fed them with such wrong information and they got angry. So now the punishment must only be meted to the employees."