Workers at Impala’s
Rustenburg mine “’
scene of the clashes
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — 18 May 2012 – Impala Platinum “’ the world’s second-largest platinum producer “’ has revealed that rival unions clashed again yesterday at its troubled Rustenburg mine, but police intervened and production was not affected.

Implats confirmed in a statement issued here that there had been two incidences at its Rustenburg mine yesterday morning involving a confrontation between rival unions. Supporters of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) clashed at two different locations on the mine property, requiring the intervention of the SA Police Services.

The statement adds that one person sustained a gunshot wound and is in a serious, although not life-threatening, condition. Production was not affected and the situation is under control but remains tense.

“Management condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of violence and intimidation,” the statement continued. “We have been in contact with the SA Police Services and call on them and the unions involved to assist us in our endeavours to stop this senseless violence.”

Impala’s Rustenburg operation is the world’s largest platinum mine and accounts for about 15% of global production.

Source: Impala Platinum. For more information, click here.