Johannesburg, South Africa — 15 October 2012 – Striking South African gold miners have refused the industry’s latest pay rise offer despite an extended deadline to respond, the Chamber of Mines revealed this afternoon, dimming hopes that the illegal strike in the industry will come end anytime soon.

“The unions have indicated that there have been mixed reactions by their members to the Chamber’s proposals, and that they are unable to confirm a return to work,” it said in a statement.

Reuters reports that the chamber also said the industry was unable to make any further proposals, and companies in the sector, which include AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony, would explore other avenues to stabilise the industry.

Meanwhile, Harmony Gold has indicated that it is losing between 20 and 25 kg of gold production a day due to a wildcat strike at its Kusasalethu mine in South Africa. Revealing this, company spokeswoman Henrika Basterfield said: “All the other mines are still operating as normal, so we just need to resolve Kusasalethu.”

There are 5,400 people on strike at the mine, she added.

Source: Reuters Africa.