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Strike at Namibia zinc mine said to cost 22 mln USD


WINDHOEK, March 11  — A strike that put operations at Skorpion Zinc Mine in southern Namibia 14 days behind schedule is anticipated to result in a 22 million U.S. dollar loss, an official has said.
Skorpion Zinc announced on Sunday that its mining contractor, Basil Read, has reported the return to work by its employees who had been on strike.
Skorpion Zinc General Manager Irvinne Simmata said the strike has placed a huge risk on the viability of the mine’s business.
“This in itself could result in the restructure and/or premature closure of the operations,” he said in a statement.
Work stoppages such as these have an enormously negative impact on the business, Simataa said.
“This has been the third disruption in the past seven months,” he said. “We implore all workers, be it Skorpion Zinc employees or our business partners, to remain focused and committed to ensure an expedited resolution to all outstanding issues so that everyone work together to see the delivery of the Pit 112 project and avert the premature closure of the company.”
The strike, which started on the Feb. 22 night shift, involved about 400 Basil Read employees in drilling, blasting, loading, and hauling operations. – xXINHUA