Northam operations expected to re-open Wednesday - CNBC Africa

Northam operations expected to re-open Wednesday

Southern Africa

by Chris Bishop, Managing Editor, FORBES AFRICA 0

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Unions and management will talk into the night at South Africa’s Northam Platinum operations, near Thabazimbi 120 km north west of Johannesburg in a bid to agree to reopen the mine after days of violence.

Two employees of the JSE listed mine have died since Sunday. One was shot dead in Northam and another stabbed to death on the road between Thabazimbi and Northam. The mine was closed on Monday in the interests of safety.

The Hawks are investigating and suspect union rivalry. Northam, which produces around 1000 oz a day, is one of the last strongholds of the NUM in the platinum industry dominated by AMCU.

Marion Brower, a spokesperson for Northam, said calm had returned to the mine and the management was optimistic that talks would prevail and the operations reopen on Wednesday.

[READ: Northam Platinum suspends mine production after union violence]