South Africa coal workers strike at Forbes
Johannesburg, 18 October (Argus) — South African mine workers have gone on strike action at Canadian producer Forbes and Manhattan Coal's (Forbes) Magdalena and Aviemore underground mines.
The strike action relates to wage demands and follows a wave on industrial unrest in the country's platinum, gold and iron ore sectors. Miners are also on strike at some of local producer Coal of Africa's mines in the country.
"The situation at the operations is under control and being monitored,” Forbes said. “The Magdalena opencast mine continues to operate, as well as two of the underground sections at Magdalena, along with the coal preparation plant."
Magdalena is a bituminous coal mine and Aviemore an anthracite coal mine.
State-owned utility Eskom is a major buyer of South African coal. Around 65mn t/yr of domestic coal is exported from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, mainly to power generators in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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