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numDaily Maverick reports that in the more than three weeks since protesters shut operations at the Blyvoor gold mine near Carletonville, mine management says R30-million has been lost in production.

There is still no end in sight to the impasse, which appears to be rooted in union rivalry. And a worker from another mining company was shot dead execution-style this week near Blyvoor Village, though it is not clear whether the incident was related to the saga at the Blyvoor mine. “Our workers are being intimidated every night and three of our employees were assaulted and forced out of their homes in Blyvoor Village this week, all of their belongings thrown out with them,” a manager stated. Tensions have been on the boil at the mine since the 2 March murder of Wels Sempe, a company director who was also leader of the Blyvoor Workers’ Union (BWU). He was gunned down while his bakkie was halted at a four-way crossing, in a killing that has all the hallmarks of a hit. Several senior BWU members are in hiding. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) claims the BWU is a management front that workers have been forced to join. The company in turn alleges the NUM members – notably 60 who have been dismissed for taking part in a wildcat or unprotected strike – have been waging a campaign of intimidation. And in the background are suspicions that illegal miners or zama-zamas are involved. On Thursday, the NUM’s court appeal against the dismissals was postponed until 7 June. Meantime, Blyvoor management claims that an interdict instructing the police to prevent NUM members from blocking the mine or assaulting or intimidating staff remains unenforced.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ed Stoddard at Daily Maverick

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