Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 August 2008 – Early reports suggest that today’s national workers’ strike is having little effect on the country’s mining industry.
BHP Billiton’s two aluminium smelters have not been affected by the strike, and are operating normally. “We have a 99% attendance at our Hillside and Bayside smelters, and operations are normal. The few workers that did not make it were unable to do so because public transport was disrupted,” BHP spokesman Maredi Mogodi told Reuters.
Anglo American Plc reported this morning that some of its mines had been affected by the workers’ strike, but could not yet quantify the output lost. Anglo spokesman Pranill Ramchander said none of the company’s nine coal mines had been shut, but they were not operating at full capacity. Essential services, including safety measures were still being undertaken, he said.
Reuters reports that Anglo Platinum – the world’s top producer of the precious metal – said this morning that some of its mines and a smelter had been affected by the strike. Company spokesman Simon Tebele said he was waiting to verify how much the group’s biggest mine, Rustenburg, had been affected, and that he could not yet quantify the impact on output.