The concentrator at
ARM’s Nkomati nickel
Johannesburg, South Africa — 19 July 2012 – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has revealed that it is preparing to start a strike at Nkomati “’ the nickel mine which is jointly owned by African Rainbow Minerals and Russia’s Norilsk.

Reuters reports that the largest mining union in South Africa has declared a dispute with the mine owners over wages, and that the NUM’s regional secretary in North East, William Mabap, said the union would not hesitate to call a strike.

A three-week strike at African Rainbow Minerals’ joint venture with Anglo American Platinum at Modikwa platinum mine in April cost the company 21,000oz in lost production. This equated to 6% of the mine’s 350,000-ounce annual platinum group metal production.

Nkomati mine is situated in Machadodorp in Mpumalanga and produced 10,100t of nickel in 2011.

Source: Reuters Africa. For more information, click here.