Platinum was set for its biggest one-day rally in a month , while the gold price rose to its highest since late February.
LONDON (REUTERS) -
"Platinum was set for its biggest one-day rally in a month on Wednesday after South African police said striking miners had blockaded roads leading to shafts belonging to number one producer Anglo American Platinum.
"The gold price rose to its highest since late February after Germany's constitutional court approved the country's participation in the permanent euro zone bailout fund, which boosted the euro against the dollar.
"A Reuters photographer at Amplats' Bathopele mine, which is part of the Rustenburg complex, said around 1,500 stick-waving protesters demonstrated outside the facility, calling for its immediate shutdown.
"Earlier, South African police said around 1,000 mineworkers had a confrontation with mine security late on Tuesday at one Amplats shaft and the situation had spread to other locations. ..."