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So. Africa: Rio Tinto to restart mining operations after cutting back production over security concerns for its workers

Author: Reuters and Mining.com, Published on: 31 December 2019

"Rio Tinto to restart South African unit in 2020 after security scare", 30 December 2019.

Rio Tinto said on Monday full operations at its South African unit Richard Bay Minerals (RBM) will resume in early January after cutting back because of security concerns for its workers...“A phased restart is now in progress across the operation,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.

There have been a number of violent incidents at mines across South Africa, including robberies, that have raised questions about the lack of security and the threats they pose to the industry. Earlier in December, the Anglo-Australian miner said one of its unit’s employees was shot and that there was escalating violence against them, causing a curtailment in operations. “I would like to thank the Government of South Africa and the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal for their support and assistance in getting us to a position where we can restart operations at RBM,” Bold Baatar, Rio’s chief executive of Energy and Minerals said in a statement...

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Related companies: Richards Bay Minerals (joint venture Rio Tinto & BHP Billiton) Rio Tinto