South African supply issues

In an environment where the SA National Chamber of Mines says 60% of gold mining operations are already loss making at current prices, they are battling unions over their up to 60% pay increase claims which could cripple supply out of SA.  Anglo Gold have already announced a write down of $2.6b for the last quarter on reduced productivity.  In platinum the workforce unrest continues and has supported a considerable and continued price rise given continuing strong automotive demand.  Some analysts are more bullish on platinum and palladium then gold and silver.