The Straits Times
Published on Sep 17, 2012

Some South Africa mines re-open after unrest


JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A security crackdown on protesting miners in South Africa's restive platinum belt, where 45 people have died in a monthlong wildcat strike, appeared to bear fruit on Monday as one of the biggest mines re-opened.

In a fresh crackdown, police at the weekend confiscated traditional weapons from striking miners and fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse those that gathered at Lonmin Marikana's mine.

On Sunday, police stopped a group of miners that had tried to march on a police station in Rustenburg town in protest at the crackdown the previous day at the strife-hit Marikana mining town.

Aquarius Platinum, the world's fourth-largest platinum producer on Monday morning resumed work after temporarily halting operations at the Kroondal Mine near Rustenburg last week amid rising unrest.