S. Africa Mine Talks Collapse

Associated Press

Talks collapsed today between union leaders and mine management on how to reduce violence in the 9-day-old black miners' strike in the gold and coal industries.

Bobby Godsell, chief negotiator for the Anglo American Corp., South Africa's largest mining company, said leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers apparently decided to abandon negotiations when they received a report during today's session that miners were shot at during the day at the President Steyn gold mine, owned by Anglo, in the Orange Free State.

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