AQUARIUS Platinum advised on Friday that it had decided to temporarily suspend operations at the Kroondal Platinum Mine, located near Rustenburg in North West Province.
"Our decision to suspend mining operations has been taken to ensure the safety and security of our employees and our assets given the rising tensions and protests within the regional workforce and communities," said Aquarius CEO Stuart Murray.
"(Aquarius Platinum) has not been immediately affected by strike action this week and has not received any wage-related demands from employees. We have maintained close dialogue with union representatives and the authorities."
Processing operations would continue, he confirmed.
Mr Murray expected operations to recommence from the evening shift on Sunday September 16, although the situation would be closely monitored. "Aquarius Platinum will advise the market of further developments as these occur.
"Further updates will be provided in due course."
Global miner Xstrata also closed down its chrome mine near Rustenburg for the day. It said none of its other operations were affected.
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