Shanduka calm following protests

2013-03-26 12:35

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Johannesburg - The situation at Shanduka Coal's Graspan colliery has returned to normal following last week's unrest, mine officials said on Tuesday.

"The illegal strike action was isolated and occurred only at the Graspan colliery. All other operations have been operating normally," chief operating officer Zirk van der Bank said.

"The situation at Graspan colliery is currently calm and returning to normal."

Two miners were shot and wounded in a protest at the mine last Wednesday. Staff at the Life Midmed Hospital in Middelburg said one miner was shot in the abdomen while another was shot in the chest.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police only used rubber bullets to disperse the protesting crowds.

Shanduka said the workers were protesting against the dismissal of 250 employees who participated in an unprotected, violent strike at the mine.

Van der Bank said the strikers wanted to be paid performance bonuses despite having failed to achieve production targets for February 2013.

"All dismissed employees are given the opportunity to appeal their dismissals. The company will recruit new employees from surrounding communities."

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