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Anglogold TauTona mine faces workers boycott Thurs

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 26 (Reuters) - AngloGold Ashanti ANGJ.J, the world's No. 3 gold producer, faces a worker boycott at its TauTona mine in South Africa on Thursday after workers said they planned to mourn a miner who died at the site two weeks ago.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), South Africa’s largest mineworkers union, said over 5,000 workers at the mine would observe a day of mourning after a rockfall left one miner dead and two others critically injured on Aug. 15.

“The NUM calls all its members to observe a day of mourning each time an accident happens,” the union said in a statement.

TauTona produced 91,000 ounces of gold in the quarter to end-June this year.

AngloGold halted production at its Mponeng mine last week after workers held a similar memorial for a colleague who died at that mine only days before the TauTona accident.

South Africa, the world’s top source of platinum and a major gold producer, has a poor mine safety record. By the end of June this year, 85 mine workers had died in the country’s mines.

The government has routinely shut mines temporarily after fatalities in order to investigate and make safety repairs.

Reporting by Muchena Zigomo; editing by Christopher Johnson

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