THE Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday about half its members were unprofitable as a result of weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and regulatory issues.In a statement issued ahead of wage talks set to begin at the country’s three largest platinum companies, the chamber warned against a repeat of the strikes that had characterised previous negotiations "given the country’s and sector’s current straitened economic circumstances".The chamber represents miners such as Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore.The economy is expected to grow by less than 1% this year after expanding 1.3% in 2015, hobbled by low commodity prices, drought and political ructions that have unnerved investors.Reuters

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