Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:35AM
Striking Lonmin platinum mine workers listen to their union representatives in Marikana on September 14, 2012.

Striking Lonmin platinum mine workers listen to their union representatives in Marikana on September 14, 2012.

Thousands of South African miners have launched a new strike in a mine of the global AngloGold Ashanti mining company. AngloGold Ashanti, the world’s third-largest gold producer, announced on Wednesday that almost 35,000 miners have joined the wildcat strike, which began last week in protest to low wages at the company’s Kopanang mine southwest of Johannesburg, Reuters reported. "Workers at AngloGold Ashanti's South African operations have embarked on an unprotected strike, preventing the commencement of the night shift on September 25," the company said in a statement. South Africa has been rocked by a wave of strikes to demand higher wages. Last month, clashes between striking miners and police left 46 miners dead at Lonmin platinum mine in the South African North West province. The strikes have damaged South Africa's reputation as an investment destination. DB/MHB/AS
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