Striking workers disperse at Gold Fields

2012-09-15 18:34

Johannesburg - Striking mineworkers who had gathered at Gold Fields' KDC west mine near Carletonville on Saturday morning have dispersed, the company said.

Spokesperson Sven Lunsche said the area was calm and protesters had returned to their hostels. Wage talks between the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and management would get underway either on Sunday or Monday, said Lunsche.

Miners affiliated to the Num went on strike on Sunday. Their demands included the removal of Num branch leadership at the mine, pay equalisation and a pay increase to R12 500.

Thousands of workers converged at the mine this week, causing disruptions and intimidation.

On Tuesday, expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema called for the resignation of Num leaders, including its general secretary Frans Baleni, who was reportedly earning R1 4m a year, according to the Mail & Guardian.

  • joubert.joep - 2012-09-15 19:39

    What a joke! Make him president like the picture says! Then we will all have to wear that stupid crap on our heads! Zuma created - Zuma's downfall! Sad!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-15 19:46

    A few years ago he wanted to kill for Zooomer. Now he wants to kill Zoooomer. Same thing will happen with Motlanthe until these imbeciles realise that cANCer is nothing but corruption and false promises.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-16 02:45

    Finally it make sense to me. Battle of the monsters, Julias and Lindiwe. You will make a great couple actually.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-16 11:07

    People must realise that you are not conscripted to work for a company , you join on your own free will so if after some time you find the wage insufficient take your skills elsewhere and negotiate a better wage for yourself

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-09-17 16:43

    juju can be an interesting president of south afrika all he needs to do is to first take control of the corporate managed media that feeds the people their news that they want you to eat.....then he is home and dry

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