Production at Impala, the world’s second largest platinum mining company has been brought to a standstill. The officially “recognised” National Union of Mineworkers has been waging battle with a rival union that claims to support the interests of workers who face the greatest risks. Already, two employees have been killed in the ensuing violence. And, last Friday, a contract worker was reportedly beaten to death as he tried to attend work. Impala claims it has been re-hiring miners who were previously dismissed, blaming “unprecedented levels of intimidation” for the fact that hundreds of them have failed to do so. Impala Platinum (Implats) is the second largest producer of platinum after Anglo American subsidiary Anglo Platinum. Implats is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange but has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.