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Strike ends at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in South Africa

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Staff Writer | April 6, 2017
Workers at Harmony Gold' Kusasalethu mine west of Johannesburg have returned to work, ending an illegal strike that started more than two weeks ago, the company said.
Kusasalethu mine
Miners   Kusasalethu employs about 4,500 workers
Kusasalethu, which employs about 4,500 workers, has been a flash point for labour violence and strikes in recent years, threatening the viability of the mine and underlining the social risks of mining in South Africa.

"Unprotected industrial action affects the mine's viability, its employees and their families," Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said in a statement.

Workers downed tools on March 23 after the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) encouraged the strike in response to disciplinary procedures against 40 employees following an illegal sit-in at Kusasalethu in January.