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DRDGold strike in third week

Blyvooruitzicht mine
“’ the strike continues
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 September 2009 – As their strike enters its third week, thousands of workers at DRDGold “’ South Africa’s fourth biggest gold producer “’ have called on the government to revoke its licence and have kept up pressure on the company to raise wages.

Reuters reports that about 4 000 workers marched at DRDGold’s Blyvoor mine yesterday in protest, increasing the chances that the company’s operations would be affected and jobs lost.

There was no immediate comment from the company which admitted earlier this month that a prolonged strike could hit operations and put the miners’ jobs at risk. The workers insist they will not return to work until their demands are met.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said that in a meeting with the Department of Minerals and company officials after the march, the union had asked the government to revoke DRDGold’s mining licence.

“We want their licence revoked because DRDGold has been in the process of closing all its mines in South Africa “’ so the best thing is for the department to revoke the licence and give it to people who can do the work,” he told Reuters.

Seshoka said the workers had marched to press the company into yielding to their demands for a 13% wage increase, and that a memorandum of requests had been handed to DRDGold management.