South Africa: Gauteng's Blyvoor Gold Mine Reboots, Prepares Damages Claim Against NUM

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The Blyvoor mine is rebooting again after protesters stopped blocking the entrance to the operation in the wake of a spate of arrests by police, according to company sources and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The company is also preparing a damages claim against the union.

A Blyvoor Gold source said about 60% of the workforce has returned after about seven weeks of disruption followed the murder of company director and Blyvoor Workers' Union (BWU) leader Wels Sempe.

Located near Carletonville, Blyvoor went into liquidation after it was crippled by a violent wildcat strike in 2012. Over R1-billion in investment, most of it foreign, has been raised in recent years to get the mine back on its feet. But union rivalry brought it to a standstill in March.

"The police were failing to follow an interdict instructing them to arrest people causing disturbances on mine property, so we got another high court order and then the police arrested a few of the perpetrators," a company source told Business Maverick.

"Then, suddenly, the protests stopped last week and now guys are slowly coming back to work," the source said.

Company sources have spoken on condition that their names are not...

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