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South African Chrome Miners Join Strike Despite Crackdown

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:04am

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) -- The South African Press Association reports mining strikes that have halted work at seven gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector.

The official news agency quotes a strike leader saying some miners at Samancor Chrome stopped work Friday demanding a minimum take-home pay of 12,500 rand ($1,560).

A company spokeswoman says only the CEO can comment. It was unclear whether production was affected at the chrome mine near Mooinooi, northwest of Johannesburg.

Unrest began with a deadly strike Aug. 10 at Lonmin PLC's platinum mine and quickly spread to six other platinum and one gold mine.

Police and soldiers were out in force Monday to halt a planned illegal march by Lonmin miners in the fifth week of a strike after the government ordered a crackdown.

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