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South Africa gold strike starts – producers

According to a spokesperson for the producers, the protected strike officially began during last night’s shift.

by Ed Stoddard,

A strike in South Africa’s gold mines began on Tuesday with some workers failing to go underground for the evening shift, despite an appeal by President Jacob Zuma for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa’s largest economy.

“It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground,” Charmane Russell, a spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, told Reuters.

She said it was too early to give details of how many workers were supporting the strike over wages called by the country’s main mining union, NUM, or which specific mines were affected.

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