South African mining production declined 8.3 percent in September, the biggest drop in five months after strikes since August disrupted output.
Output of platinum-group metals fell almost 18 percent and gold production decreased 11 percent, Statistics South Africa in Pretoria said in a statement on its website.
Strikes that started in South Africa’s platinum industry on Aug. 10 spread to gold, coal and chrome mines last quarter. Platinum rose 0.2 percent to $1,542.50 an ounce by 1:37 p.m. in London. Gold prices gained 0.1 percent to $1,714.80 an ounce.
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