Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 17 November 2010 – Gold Fields Limited “’ the world’s fourth-largest listed gold producer “’ says the strike at its South Deep mine is having a material impact on its production, as the work stoppage entered its third day.
Revealing this here, the gold producer said it had not yet received notification of a sympathy strike at its other operations – a threat made by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) earlier on.
Over three thousand mineworkers at Gold Fields’ South Deep operation were taking part in the work stoppage, which is over the NUM’s demand to be involved in the appointment of senior managers, and in the procurement and tender processes. Gold Fields maintains that these are the management’s responsibility.
Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche told I-Net Bridge that the gold miner had not been given a formal indication from the union that it planned a sympathy strike. He admitted that the strike was having a material impact on South Deep production, but added the company was not ready to publicly quantify the production loss as yet.
The development of the South Deep mine was also affected, but to a lesser extent than production, he said. Lunsche said talks were ongoing and the company was committed to the engagement.