The bloody first round of South Africa’s mine union turf war is over and the clear winner on the platinum belt is the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
From this position of strength, AMCU is signalling a radical departure from tactics used last year, when it poached tens of thousands of disgruntled members from the once-dominant National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in a recruitment drive that triggered lethal violence and shut major mines for months.
Among London-listed mining companies operating in South Africa are Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Coal of Africa Limited, Lonmin, Rio Tinto and Xstrata.