The sun sets behind a headgear of the number 2 shaft of the Gold Fields owned Driefontein mine, south west of Johannesburg, South Africa,Monday, November 8, 2004. Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd.'s bid to buy larger rival Gold Fields Ltd., may damage South Africa's gold mining industry if successful, Gold Fields said in an e-mailed statement. Photographer: Naashon Zalk/Bloomberg News

Johannesburg - A strike at Gold Fields' KDC gold mine is likely to continue on Sunday night, the mine said on Sunday afternoon.

“We don't produce over the weekend, but we'll know by 9pm tonight whether the strike has been resolved,” said Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche.

“From our understanding, it has not been resolved yet.”

The first shift of the week begins on Sunday night.

Around 12,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday night last week.

To date, two night shifts and two day shifts had been lost, including Friday, according to a statement issued on Friday.

It appeared that a core group of between 1000 and 2000 workers had been preventing their colleagues from going to work, said Lunsche.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was not involved in the strike, he said.

Amcu has been blamed for illegal strikes in the platinum sector, including Lonmin, where 44 people were killed last month.

Gold Fields' South African head Peter Turner said on Friday the strike appeared to be the result of disagreements within organised labour.

“Based on informal feedback from employees, the strike appears to be related mainly to disagreements within organised labour and related structures on the mine, although we cannot confirm this,” he said.

“We appeal to all stakeholders to continue to act with restraint and to find peaceful solutions to their differences.”

Gold Fields had been granted an urgent interdict to bring the strike to an end. - Sapa