Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 16 September 2009 – South African medium-tier gold producer DRDGold Limited has revealed that a total of about 4 400 workers at two of its mines in South Africa are on strike, and output at the operations has been affected.
Company spokesman James Duncan said about 3 900 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union “’ had stopped work at its Blyvoor mine last night, while about 500 others had downed tools at its Crown mine this morning over a pay dispute. The two mines have a total of some 5 200 workers, he added.
The company’s East Rand Proprietary Mine is operating normally.
“Blyvoor’s production of new ore from underground is significantly affected, while output at Crown is partially affected,"” Duncan told Reuters. He said gold plants at the mines would continue to run for now, processing ore already stockpiled on the surface.
Meanwhile Gold Fields Limited is still in talks to resolve a ‘go-slow’ at its Tarkwa operation in Ghana, the country’s largest gold mine, spokesman Julian Gwillim said. The labour union action hasn’t escalated into a strike yet, he added in a mobile phone interview with Bloomberg News.