Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 November 2010 – The strike by over 3 000 miners at the Gold Fields South Deep mine, now in its fifth day, appears to be turning ugly with the company "noting with concern" incidents of intimidation and violence.
In a statement issued here, Gold Fields said a small group of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members had damaged property and intimidated non-striking staff both at work and at their near-by homes. It also said that several employees had been assaulted and injured.
“Gold Fields is extremely disturbed by the developments, which have marred what has to date been a positive engagement between South Deep management and the NUM,” the company said.
“We will monitor the situation closely and will take appropriate action to protect our employees and property if and when required.”
On Wednesday, Gold Fields suspended operations at its Driefontein No. 1 shaft after a miner died in a tunnel collapse, reports Reuters.
“The impact on production will depend on the length of the shutdown,” Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche said, adding that an investigation was underway.
“Today safety inspectors are expected to visit the company’s Driefontein mine, where the fatal accident occurred, ”he added.