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Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater is going strong with its gold operations at the Kloof, Beatrix and Driefontein mines open for business.  

This is despite a prolonged wage strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) that has led to violence involving the union and its rival the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  Sibanye’s James Wellsted said on Tuesday:  “We have developed strike plans to offset the impact of a prolonged strike which have largely been implemented.  We will update the market on the production impact in due course.”  Wellsted confirmed that there had been a number of houses and cars burnt since the strike started on 21 November 2018.  The NUM said on Tuesday that at least 15 houses and six cars belonging to its members had been burnt since Amcu went on strike.  “NUM members’ houses are being burnt down every day.  It is also disturbing that NUM members are also being forced to join Amcu by thugs carrying spears,” the NUM said in a statement.  Wellsted observed the company had negotiated with all unions and Amcu was the only union that had not accepted their wage settlement.  “The offer signed with the three other unions is final and will not be changed,” he stated.

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