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South Africa gold miners to strike

South African gold miners will go on strike next week after talks with the Chamber of Mines collapsed.

Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, said that the strike will start on Tuesday after the Chamber of Mines - which represents mine owners - did not improve its last offer of a 6% pay raise. The union, which represents about 64% of South Africa's 120,000 gold miners, seeks a 60% raise for its members.

The strike will affect the country's top gold producers, including AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields.

The looming strike threatens to escalate South Africa's labour unrest, with thousands of workers in aviation, construction and motor industry sectors already striking over wages.

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