Impala’s flagship
Rustenburg mine
“’ losing 3,000oz
a day
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 January 2012 – Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) “’ the world’s second-largest miner of the precious metal “’ says its flagship Rustenburg operation remains shut as it continues talks with union officials representing the 5 000 workers it fired this week.

A spokesperson for the company here provided no further details, and officials of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were not immediately available for comment.

The 5,000 drill operators downed tools over wages last Friday, and the subsequent stoppages have been costing the company an estimated 3 000 ounces a day in lost production.

Implats said earlier in the week that it had started dismissing the workers because the strike action had been declared illegal by the court.