The Bakubung platinum mine in the North West province of South Africa has been temporarily idled because of an unprotected strike, according to its owner Wesizwe Platinum.
The strike began on 20 July and will continue “until further notice” due to safety concerns, the operator said.
Management did not disclose the reason for the strike action, but did confirm it was working to resolve the matter as it also protects the mine’s assets and the operation’s future sustainability.
Bakubung, formerly known as the Frischgewaagd-Ledig project, first launched development in July 2011. It consists of an underground mine with a twin vertical shaft system – a main shaft and a ventilation shaft which will also function as the second escape route – and a process plant.