protestTimesLIVE reports that production at Foskor's mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, came to a halt on Wednesday as community members protested outside.  

The protesters, who blockaded the entrance to the mine with burnt tyres and debris, were demanding jobs and contract work at the mine.  The protesters, affiliated to the Ba-Phalaborwa Community Forum (PCF), did not allow employees of the mine to enter or exit.  The protest came after a Pretoria firm was contracted for a multimillion-rand deal to supply oil to the mine.  PCF secretary Given Risenga complained that the company, Advent Oil, had not introduced itself to the community in and around Phalaborwa, and did not hold discussions about employing locals.  “Advent Oil comes all the way from Gauteng with their own employees to come work our land, while hundreds of local community members are unemployed and live in poverty,” Risinga stated.  He said Foskor had set up a meeting between Advent Oil and PCF for Friday, but vowed to continue with protests until the protestors’ demands were met.  Foskor spokesperson Hulisani Nemaxwi confirmed that the two parties would meet on Friday.  “Production was low today due to the protest and there were some criminal disruptions, but the situation is calmer now,” Nemaxwi indicated.

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