Output hit as Atlatsa's mine set alight

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Cape Town – Output at Atlatsa Resources' Bokoni mine in Limpopo has been hit on Monday as protestors blocked workers from entering the mine. 

According to Atlatsa's Prudence Lebina members of the surrounding community have set alight a timber yard at the mine, a joint venture between Toronto's Atlatsa Resources [JSE:ATL] and Anglo American Platinum [JSE:AMS].

Lebina, Head of Investor Relations, told Fin24 that the company is assessing the damage at the Bokoni mine and will give further details later. She couldn't say why they were protesting.

“Certain members of the surrounding community are disgruntled but as yet there has not been a list of demands,” she said, adding that an investigation has been launched.

According to Lebina hundreds of protesters blocked one of the main roads leading into the mine with burning tyres and rocks.

“Workers did not manage to get to the mine and the day shift could not go underground, only essential services. Police were deployed since last night and have the situation under control. No arrests have been made,” she said.

In March 2013 Amplats acquired two of Atlatsa's mining assets to inject capital into the miner as part of a R3.5bn restructuring process.

Bokoni is 49% owned by Amplats.

READ: Amplats in R1.7bn deal

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