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Guards control access to Lonmin mine

2012-09-21 07:47

Rustenburg - Private security guards continued to control access at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana on Friday, as workers reported for work for a second day after a deadly and lengthy wildcat strike.

Access into the mine complex has been restricted since miners started striking on August 10 in demand of a R12 500 monthly wage.

Workers in white overalls with yellow reflective stripes and water boots were transported in buses to shafts for an induction programme.

"I am happy to be back at work and be paid better," said miner Mosala Pula holding his safety helmet in his hand. "I am ready to go," he said.

Lonmin workers returned to work on Thursday after accepting wage hikes of between 11 and 22%.

During the strike, 46 people were killed, including 35 who were shot dead by police.

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Comments
  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-21 08:52

    With the increases in place, how long will it take to make up for the 6 weeks of lost earnings? No amount of money can ever make up for the lives lost. How did it all get so out of hand? Where was the leadership?

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