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Some Impala miners back at work

Impala Platinum’s
Marula mine
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 03 September 2009 – Impala Platinum (Implats) “’ the world’s No. 2 producer of the precious metal “’ says some workers at its Rustenburg and Marula operations have returned to work, but no wage deal had been agreed with the union.

Implats spokesman Bob Gilmour said the majority of workers at the Marula mine and the Rustenburg processing plant were back at work.

Some miners at the Rustenburg mining operations “’ Implats’ biggest mine “’ have also come back, but not enough to restart production, now suspended for a second week.

“Some of the workers at the Rustenburg mining operations have clocked in, but not enough to make up a proper shift to start production,” Gilmour told Reuters.

Implats met with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union “’ yesterday evening to try to resolve a wage dispute, but no agreement was reached.

“The talks last night were very limited,” said Gilmour. “The union went back to speak with its members this morning. I presume that during the course of the day we will get together again,” he added