CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-South African platinum miners stage sit-in at Amplats Dishaba mine

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(Corrects owner of mine to Amplats following statement fromthat company after police earlier named Northam as owner)

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 10 (Reuters) - About 2,300 South Africanmineworkers staged an underground sit-in at Anglo AmericanPlatinum's (Amplats) Dishaba mine, saying they will notleave until a suspended union leader is reinstated, the companysaid on Sunday.

"The sit-in is calm and no injuries have been reported,"Amplats, the world's top platinum producer said in a statement.

The company added the sit-in started early on Saturdaymorning following the suspension of an Association ofMineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) shopsteward whoAmplats said had breached safety regulations.

Earlier police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi hadincorrectly told Reuters the workers were employed by Northam, the world's fifth largest platinum producer.

Amplats said it was in negotiation with the protesters toresolve the matter.

South Africa's platinum producers are bracing for more workstoppages as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and itsrival AMCU have threatened top producers Amplats, ImpalaPlatinum and Lonmin with strikes which couldaffect at least half of global output.

The country was hit by wildcat strikes last year whichdented economic growth, led to a credit downgrade and saw dozensbeing killed in the turf war between AMCU and the NUM. (Reporting by Peroshni Govender; Editing by Louise Ireland andElaine Hardcastle)

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