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In extraordinary remarks in parliament on Thursday, mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe threatened Sibanye-Stillwater with the removal of its mining right because the company — in its 10th week of a bitter and prolonged strike in its gold division — is no longer engaged in gold-mining activities.

Sibanye, the world’s largest producer of platinum group metals, is the largest employer in the mining industry, with over 84,000 employees — most of them in SA. It produced a profit of R33bn in the 2021 financial year on revenue of R172bn, contributing significantly to the tax bonanza enjoyed by the fiscus from the commodities boom...

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