Seven Falls Resources denied media reports on Tuesday that its mining partner Tawana Resources planned to fire local workers because of delays in the issuing of a mining permit for the company.
"This is such a far-fetched suggestion," the JSE-listed mining operator's chairman Thabo Makweya said in a statement.
"Seven Falls Resources refutes this offensive assertion and rejects the implications of this unfortunate insinuation."
Makweya was responding to a media report on Tuesday that the Australian diamond explorer, Tawana Resources, may fire its South African workers at the end of this month because of delay in issuing a mining permit to the company.
It said Tawana may employ the workers again once the mining right was approved.