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AngloGold’s Cutifani sees SA strike solution in months

AngloGold Ashanti
Limited CEO
Mark Cutifani
Denver, United States — 13 September 2012 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited CEO Mark Cutifani says he expects a solution in the next couple of months to the mine labour unrest in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of 44 people.

Bloomberg News quotes him as saying that while a resolution is hard to see at the moment, “we will find a solution in the next month or two, we’ll come together and redefine a pathway that seeks to answer the right issues.” Cutifani “’ who also serves as vice-president of the South African Chamber of Mines, which negotiates wages on behalf of gold and coal companies “’ spoke in an interview here,  where he’s attending the Denver Gold Forum.

Mediators yesterday failed to persuade Lonmin plc  workers to return to their jobs as a strike at the Marikana mine entered its second month. Forty-four people have been killed at the site in the deadliest mine violence since the end of apartheid. Striking workers are seeking higher wages at the mine, which accounts for about 10% of global platinum production.

Employees of Gold Fields Limited and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited have also demanded higher pay in South Africa.

AngloGold Ashanti, the third-biggest producer of the metal, has six deep-level mines and employed 32,082 people in South Africa last year, according to the Johannesburg-based company’s website. Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp. are the two largest producers ranked by 2010 production.

“We’ve all got to work harder on the social issues; connecting and communicating better with the workforce is important,” Cutifani said. “The union has to also have a look in the mirror and think about its processes to improve the way it’s connecting.”

Source: Bloomberg News. For more information, click here.