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protestBusiness Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the majority union at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, has threatened to roll out protests outside the operation should the mine be liquidated.  

Solidarity general secretary Gideon Du Plessis said on Friday that if talks with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for funding did not produce a transaction, then it was time for reality to set in and, while liquidation was not ideal, it “will bring certainty and allow for this sad story to come to an end.”  Du Plessis’ comments followed the collapse of talks to merge Vantage Goldfields, the owner of the Lily and Barbrook mines, and Galane Gold.  He added that the chances of getting a buyer for the mine were slim.  Abednego Magongo, Amcu’s branch secretary at the Lily and Barbrook mines, said on Friday that they were opposed to liquidation as it would signal the end of hope for both the resumption of production and the retrieval of the container in which three mineworkers remained trapped following an accident last February.  He went on to say that the mine was the only hope for the 7,000-strong Louville community in Barberton to survive.

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