Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, Statistics South Africa deputy director-general of economic statistics Joe de Beer attributed the rise mainly to the recovery of production following strikes in the first half of 2014. “We are now just returning to the prestrike figures,” he noted. Seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 1.1% month-on-month in June, but output for the three months ended June was 2% lower than that produced in the three months ended March. Meanwhile, mineral sales increased by 5.7% year-on-year in May, with the highest positive contributions stemming from PGMs, other nonmetallic minerals and gold. Iron-ore sales, however, fell by 36.9% year-on-year, while iron-ore production for June was 21% lower year-on-year.