New mining minister sets up team to resolve platinum strike

2014-05-28 17:01

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An intergovernmental technical team has been established to resolve the strike in the platinum mining sector, newly appointed Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has announced.

“The mandate of the technical team is to broaden the approach and explore all possibilities for a resolution to the problem,” he said today.

The technical team would meet at an undisclosed location tomorrow.

“They will interrogate all the information [including the figures] provided by both parties, and report back by the end of the day on what is possible.”

The team was made up of officials from the departments of mineral resources, labour and the Treasury, who would be supported by representatives from the mining companies and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They rejected an offer by the companies that would bring their pay to R12 500 by 2017.

Labour Court-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the strike were held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Ramatlhodi said the team was established after he met chief executives of Lonmin, Implats and Amplats and the Chamber of Mines yesterday. He also met union representatives.

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