Govt takes swipe at gold miners over stoppages

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Johannesburg - South Africa has accused Sibanye Gold [JSE:SGL] and AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG] the country’s two biggest gold producers, of putting workers’ lives at risk in an ongoing dispute over safety stoppages.

Public comments from both companies suggest that they are refusing to comply with the country’s mining laws, the Department of Mineral Resources said in an emailed statement dated Wednesday.

The two miners have criticised government inspectors for being too heavy-handed in temporarily closing mines for safety breaches, while the Department of Mineral Resources argues the companies are unwilling to follow the law.

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