Sibanye Gold hopes to resolve issues with striking miners soon

Amcu members embarked on an illegal strike this week over membership verification.

Sibanye Gold's Cooke 1 shaft. Picture: sibanyegold.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye Gold says it hopes a resolution will be reached with striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members after they embarked on an illegal strike this week over membership verification.

Four workers have been injured, with two in a critical condition after being intimidated by striking employees.

This prompted Sibanye's Cooke Mine to shut down operations yesterday.

The mining company's James Wellsted says: "We're trying to get them back to work. We've been in discussion with unions the whole time but obviously the safety of our employees is a key consideration, so we need to ensure that the environment is clean before we can get them back to work."