Load shedding hits SA miners
SOUTH African mining operations have been hard hit by the rolling power cuts that embattled state owned power utility, Eskom, has been enforcing in an effort to save power to avoid a complete nation wide black out.
The country’s mining companies Harmony Gold, Impala Platinum, and Sibanye-Stillwater have been forced to cut production since Monday due to power shortages, they said on Tuesday.
“There are very few underground mines that operated overnight and will be operating normally today,” said a spokesman for the Minerals Council, an industry body.
Harmony Gold called off its underground shifts, saying it would resume as soon as state power company Eskom could provide assurance power supply would be more reliable.
Impala Platinum has shut production at its Rustenberg and Marula mines owing to power cuts that have left it functioning at 20-30 percent of normal power. — IOL