Miners end South Africa strike at Petra Diamonds

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Several hundred miners haveended a strike that started earlier this week and dragged downoperations at Petra Diamonds mines in South Africa, aunion spokesman said on Saturday.

The sit-in strike over working conditions and wages startedon Oct. 2 and was one of several work stoppages in the pastseveral weeks that have rattled the mining sector in Africa'slargest economy.

"The Petra Diamond strike has ended. There was no deal. Theyjust agreed to return to work," Lesiba Seshoka, spokesman forthe powerful National Union of Mineworkers, told Reuters.

The workforce of about 600 returned to posts late on Friday.

Petra, which has interests in seven operating mines in SouthAfrica and one in Tanzania, expects to produce 2.85 millioncarats in fiscal 2013.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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