One year since the tragic death of 34 people in the dust and dirt of Marikana, GREG NICOLSON, KHADIJA PATEL and THAPELO LEKGOWA returned to the town to find out what's changed, if anything.
Shadrack Mashamba, a miner at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, believes the salary increase won by workers here in Marikana during last year's deadly strike has brought some reward. Whether it was worth the ultimate cost is another story - but, he says, at least there has been some improvement in his life.
"I have seen a change in life after the strike of 2012 here at Lonmin," Mashamba says. "Because of the increase that I got I managed to move from the shack I stayed into a better place. I used to stay in shack with no window. If it were to rain my home items will all be wet from the rain."
When the strike ended on 18 September 2012, Lonmin workers earned a historic pay rise. Rock drill operators now earn R11,078 a month before deductions, production team leaders R13,022 and operators R9,883. Workers also received a once-off bonus of R2,000.
"For the first time since I [started to] work, I managed to...