20 Oct 2012

Gold miners back at work

6:16 pm on 20 October 2012

Nearly 15,000 gold miners in South Africa who faced dismissal for going on an illegal strike have reported for work again.

Gold Fields said that only 1500 miners did not return for work on Thursday and so have lost their jobs.

However, the BBC reports workers at several other gold mines remain on strike.

Widespread unrest in the mining sector has badly hit the economy.

In a bid to end the disputes, President Jacob Zuma this week called on the strikers to return to work and urged company executives to freeze their pay.

Gold Fields said that some 11,000 miners reported for duty on Friday at its KDC West mine. All 2800 workers at the Beatrix mine turned up for work on Thursday.

Anglo American Platinum last week fired 12,000 strikers.

On Tuesday, police arrested 40 strikers who seized equipment at Anglo American's Kumba iron ore mine in the Northern Cape province.