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armReuters reports that the Modikwa platinum mine has halted production after six workers en route to the operation were burnt to death in a petrol bomb attack on a bus, a spokeswoman for African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) said on Tuesday.  

The mine in Limpopo is operated by ARM and Anglo American Platinum.  The six miners were burnt to death when the bus taking them to work was set alight by a petrol bomb thrown by unknown attackers, police and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday.  The attack occurred Monday night near the town of Burgersfort.  ARM spokeswoman Jongisa Magagula said production at the mine had been halted and staff would hold a mass meeting later on Tuesday.  The companies indicated in a joint statement that 44 workers were receiving medical attention in the wake of the attack.  The SA Police Service (SAPS) said that it was offering a R500,000 reward for information leading to arrests or possible convictions of those responsible.

  • Read this report by Ed Stoddard in full at IOL News
  • Read too, Work at Modikwa mine halted after bus attack kills six, at eNCA

Read the joint statement from the two companies at Amplats online

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