Cheers as mineworkers get more food

2014-05-28 18:54
FIle photo of striking mineworkers. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

FIle photo of striking mineworkers. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

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Mahikeng - The Gift of the Givers distributed food parcels to mineworkers at Amplats's Khomanani shaft in Mahikeng on Wednesday.

Women ululated and men whistled when a truck carrying food arrived.

About 1 000 people stood in a queue under trees singing struggle songs, waiting for the charity organisation's staff to offload food parcels and clothes from the truck.

Gift of the Givers spokesperson Emily Thomas said the distribution coincided with World Hunger Day.

"Food parcels have been prepared for 700 families, clothing packs and blankets for 1 000 families," she said.

"Two thousand people received a meal of bread and tinned food, high energy and protein supplements for 300 people, and diapers were handed out to mothers."

Alfred Mcube said he was happy to have food.

"I have not been able to buy food. I do not have money," he said.

Despite his situation, he would only go back to work when he was paid a basic salary of R12 500 per month.

"R12 500 or nothing. My forefathers were underpaid and me too, I am in the same situation. The cycle needs to be broken," he said.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Lonmin, Impala Platinum, and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on 23 January demanding a basic salary of R12 500 per month.

They rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

Another 200 mineworkers were given food parcels at Amplats's Bathopele mine.

The food parcel consists of 2kg of rice, 1kg of sugar, 2.5kg maize meal, tinned food, vegetables, 750ml of cooking oil, salt, and bread.

Thomas said they handed 1 250 food parcels to mineworkers at Amplats's Tumela and Dishaba mines in Limpopo on Monday.

She said they had spent R3m so far on providing food, clothing packs, blankets, high energy and protein supplements, nappies and medical assistance.
Read more on:    amplats  |  implats  |  lonmin  |  amcu  |  gift of the givers  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest

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