Lonmin workers ask journos to leave

2012-09-17 15:51

Rustenburg - Journalists were asked to leave Wonderkop Stadium, where striking Lonmin workers in North West were discussing their wage demands on Monday.

Worker leader Zolisa Bodlani told the meeting journalists should stay outside as they might report on discussions before the wage talks were to resume at 15:30.

"Could we ask all the journalists to leave, as we are discussing," he said.

Prior to this, Bench Marks Foundation chairperson Bishop Jo Seoka, who is also president of SA Council of Churches pleaded with the workers for a mandate to lower their demand of a monthly salary of R12 500.

"You must give us a mandate to go a little bit down, but not hurting you," he said.

The Bench Marks Foundation is an independent faith-based organisation monitoring corporate performance, and is involved in the mediation process at the mine.

At the meeting, the workers were told that Lonmin could afford to pay R12 500, but then it needed to close more shafts.

Workers at Lonmin went on strike on 10 August.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-17 16:05

    Why-are they afraid journos might see their true colours?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-09-17 16:24

      South African "democracy" at play.

  • Sealebareki - 2012-09-17 16:06


  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-17 16:10

    i know they did lower their demand to R12499 over the weekend, i think it was management's turn to up theirs

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-17 16:22

      They will go on striking for another year if they are so far from each other. The bosses can survive a few mines / shafts closing down. but can the workers?

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-17 16:13

    Fact is that it's a unskilled job that is not in high demand. If you don't want to do it there are 1000's that will. You cant get paid R12000 for it.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-17 16:21

    Now they insist on making half their comrades unemployed. Even if you give them an IQ their brains will not know how to use it.

  • YamkelaFortuneSpengane - 2012-09-17 16:33

    No that's absolute bull, Lonmin can afford to pay the money and not close any shaft. The Karee mine in Marikana makes close to a billion rands in profit monthly. They would rather comprise mise workers by closing shafts than cutting down on their already excessive profits. They must explain why their CEO rakes in R48 000 a day, he can do with much less and so can the company's profiteering board. Izwe lethu iAfrika. R12 500, asijiki, I hope Benchmarks is not being bribed inside those negotiation chambers, because NUM lives on bribery and selling workers out like their big brother ANC.

      Peter - 2012-09-17 16:41

      But come next election you will still vote for the ANC even though you know they they take bribes.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-17 16:46

      @Yamkela ... Yamkela do you take us for fools? R48,000 a day equals R1,440,000 per 30 day month which equals R17,280,000 per year. Prove it as correct or did you fail grade 1 needle work?

      YamkelaFortuneSpengane - 2012-09-17 17:00

      Dont you know that the average CEO of a mining company makes R20 million per annum? Maybe you shoudl go to grade 1 and ask them to help you research facts before vomitting unknowledgable bile on us Ms. Know it all.\r\n\r\nPeter do you think we are going to vote for the DA? No, the ANC and the DA are two sides of the same coin, all rubbish. What this country needs is a revolution, a regime change, and political parties are not concerned about people, they are employment agencies concerned about self-enriching their members only; so no, elections wont help.

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