Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kenmare moves workers as violence flares in Africa

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

A demonstrator holds a banner that reads “Free our brothers from the xenophobia in South Africa”.
A demonstrator holds a banner that reads “Free our brothers from the xenophobia in South Africa”.

Irish stock market listed mining company Kenmare Resources has pulled some staff out of Mozambique as a precaution following anti-immigrant riots in South Africa.

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Kenmare Resources said yesterday that it had temporarily repatriated 62 South African members of the workforce at the Moma Mine, "as a precautionary measure."

The move was prompted by fears a wave of ant-immigrant violence in South Africa could spark revenge attacks in neighbouring Mozambique where Kenmare operates a major

Kenmare is the second firm to repatriate South African workers from Mozambique after South African owned Sasol sent 340 employees back home for their safety last week.

The South Africa situation has "recently created reciprocal unrest concerning South Africans working in Mozambique," Kenmare said.

Operations at the huge Moma mine which employs 1,390 staff can continue despite the precautionary measures, Kenmare said; "if the situation can be resolved in the near future."

At least seven people including one man from Mozambique have been killed in the latest wave of anti-immigrant violence to hit South Africa.

Thousands of foreigners have sought refuge in camps set up in Johannesburg and Durban.

Irish Independent

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