March 21, 2019

SA firms repatriating staff for fear of reprisal attacks

SA firms repatriating staff for fear of reprisal attacks


Kenmare Resources has repatriated 62 South Africans working at its titanium mine in Mozambique for their safety after anti-immigrant attacks back home, the Irish mining firm said on Monday.

Kenmare, which has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Irish Stock Exchange, said in a statement it was sending the workers back home temporarily for their safety in case of reprisal attacks.

At least seven people have been killed in a wave of anti-immigrant violence that started this month in Durban, a key port on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. The violence spread to the biggest commercial city of Johannesburg last week, with police patrolling trouble spots.

Kenmare said operations at its Moma Mine located on the north east coast of Mozambique to continue without significant disruption if the situation is resolved “in the near future”.


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