Part of Exxaro’s
Arnot coal mine in
Johannesburg, South Africa — 08 March 2013 – Unprotected strikes have stopped production at two Exxaro mines in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, according to a company statement.

Fin24 quotes company spokesman Hilton Atkinson as saying that the strikes at its Matla and Arnot coal mines began on Tuesday.

“The strikes are related to non-payment of performance bonuses due to the operations having not achieved their performance targets,” he said. Employees had been regularly informed of performance levels and bonus payments. “Exxaro is managing the situation to bring operations to normality as soon as possible and is engaging with the unions.”

Atkinson went on to say that the mines had introduced contingency plans, and at this stage there was a sufficient supply of coal to maintain the Matla and Arnot power stations.

“The Matla mine has 19 days’ supply available and the Matla power station has two days’ supply on hand. At Arnot there is no risk to supply of coal.”

He added that Exxaro would continue to work closely with power utility Eskom to ensure coal supplies.

Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.