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Implats boardroom set alight

2012-02-22 14:40

Johannesburg - A boardroom was burnt down during ongoing violent protests at Impala Platinum mine (Implats) near Rustenburg on Wednesday, North West police said.

"The boardroom was set on fire in the early hours of this morning [Wednesday], at shaft 7A," said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

He said no injuries were reported. A case of arson had been opened but no arrests had been made.

The protests, which are linked to a five-week long strike at Implats' operation in Rustenburg, have claimed two lives so far.

The mine dismissed 17 000 workers after they went on an unprotected strike demanding that salaries of rock drill operators be increased to R9 000.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) negotiated with the mine to re-employ the dismissed workers.

Some workers, most of them at the north shafts, refused to return to work unless they were paid at least R9 000 a month.

Most NUM members in the north shafts do not want to be represented by the NUM, claiming the union has failed them.

They want to be represented by a new union, the Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu).

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said more workers were coming forward to be re-employed, and by Tuesday over 8 000 had been re-employed.

"The process is moving smoothly," he said.

Implats said on Tuesday that discussions with the NUM would continue around any issues which still needed to be resolved once the workers were back at work.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-02-22 14:51

    Did Zwelinzima Vavi's visit prompt this? Reported in Mail & Guardian online he said: "The management's actions amounted to apartheid, which was deliberately aimed at dividing the workforce." Way to go, Vavi.

      Andrew - 2012-02-22 15:33

      Who appointed Vavi king? Since when has he the right to make such statements, when it is the trade unions who are inflaming the workers and that in view of the fact this is an illegal strike.

      methedex - 2012-02-22 15:50

      These miners are as intelligent as the raw minerals they are mining...

      Russell - 2012-02-22 16:32

      Vavi is hereby justifying the actions of the workforce as well as showing his solidarity.

  • Celtis - 2012-02-22 14:59

    Why don’t Malema intervene? At this rate there will only be a hole in the ground to nationalize.

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 15:00

    Now where will they hold their negotiation meetings? Illegal strike. Intimidate. Kill. Burn burn burn. Keep increasing the mine's overheads and see how that affects any increase you are likely to get. Any sympathy you may have received from others (not me) will surely go out the window if you keep this up.

      Russell - 2012-02-22 16:24

      There may be a strategy involved here,Marion.

  • Brett - 2012-02-22 15:05

    Typical. Yet they blame the white man for their lack of progression.

  • Irene - 2012-02-22 15:08

    Time for the cops to use live ammo on these savages.

      Russell - 2012-02-22 16:27

      This would aggrevate the situation & may encourage similar disruptions at other mines.

  • Piet - 2012-02-22 15:29

    Fire Them and keep that Decision!

  • Clive - 2012-02-22 15:31

    So what does this criminal action achieve for the strikers? The destruction of any little bit of the public's sympathy they might still have had left, that's what. Sorry Mr Vavi, all you have done is inflame an already volatile situation with your brainless remarks. I hope you are happy now that you've banged another nail into the coffin of investment and job creation in SA.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-22 16:26

      It is the Left to the government that is getting ready to take over. With weak leaders like JZ that will be easy. After all most of his appointments also do not have an education.

      Russell - 2012-02-22 16:29

      Clive, somehow I doubt they need the public's sympathy.

  • StarStruck - 2012-02-22 15:50

    Consider this for a moment. The price for gold and platinum have doubled over the past five years but the salaries stayed on minimun wage for the unskilled workers. We will not have progress in South Africa because overseas investors and share holders have the last say.

      Reinier - 2012-02-22 15:55

      If you take risk , you can share in the reward. If the mine runs at a loss the workers still receive their salaries - thats how the world works. there are many that want but very little that want to DO. mmkaayy!!

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 16:17

      the goverment determines minimum wage, and the mine pays accordingly, even better than min wage

      Clive - 2012-02-22 17:14

      The mines pay way above minimum wages - in cash and in kind, StarStruck. The operative word in your contribution is "unskilled". There is a huge surplus of unskilled labour in the country, and when there is a glut of anything, its value is low. Sad, but true. Also, if it wasn't for investors and shareholders, there would be no jobs at all.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-22 15:57

    There's a market opportunity here ... mini-gun manufacturers can step in now. Have a couple mounted close to ground level and "disperse" the crowd with them the next time property or life is in danger.

  • Russell - 2012-02-22 16:21

    The ANC's 'unofficial' nationalisation policy has nothing to do with this,of course.

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