In a statement, RBM stated the circumstances across the capturing have been unknown at this stage, and the incident is being investigated by the South African Police Service.
The Richards Bay mineral sands mine – by which Rio holds a 74% curiosity – has seen several violent incidents over the years.
Operations have been halted twice in 2018 as a consequence of violent protests by contractors, and in 2019, RBM was compelled to droop actions once more following the capturing of one in all its workers.
Regardless of Rio approving the $463 million Zulti South improvement to increase the mine life, the mission has been placed on maintain till safety points have been resolved.
In April, RBM officials said they have been in talks with the nation’s authorities to “completely deal with violent protests round its operations earlier than resuming work on the Zulti South mission.” The newest incident casts additional doubt on regular resumption of actions at Richards Bay.
Lately, the Nationwide Union of Mineworkers in KZN had expressed worries concerning the state of the mining sector within the province, citing challenges together with excessive unemployment, limitless highway blockages to mining corporations, and ambiguous social and labour plans.