October 4, 2012

photoGold ore from the President Steyn Gold Mine, Welkom, South Africa. The sample shows quartz cobbles and sand and granule-size grains of detrital pyrite. Scalecube is 1 centimeter square. (Photo: Paul Heinrich)

A leading gold mine in South Africa started evicting thousands of its striking workers from company dormitories on Tuesday as work stoppages spread to more gold and platinum mines.

Gold Fields ordered 5 000 workers who have been on strike for three weeks to vacate the mine hostels, saying striking workers there were intimidating their fellow employees.

Workers at another mine, belonging to Anglo American Platinum, downed tools on Tuesday, and the firm held disciplinary hearings for the strikers.

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