18 March 2014

South Africa: AMCU Takes Platinum Fight to Heart of Amplats

As South Africa's platinum strike drags on for almost three months, miners and their family are battling to survive without pay. ( Resource: Hunger, Anxiety as South African Mining Strike Wears on )


Following the downing of tools on 23 January at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum, demanding a basic monthly wage of R12,500 and after a petition to President Jacob Zuma, AMCU members on Tuesday marched to the Anglo American offices on 55 Marshall street in the Johannesburg city centre to deliver a wide-ranging memorandum. An estimated 4,500 members braved the sun and the rain, but there seems no end in sight to one of the most costly strikes in the mining industry. By BHEKI SIMELANE & GREG NICOLSON.

Covered in the green AMCU colours, mineworkers crouched together after reaching the mining company's offices and took off their hats. In his opening prayers outside Anglo American's Joburg headquarters, Madiba Bukhali, a chaiperson in one of the mine shafts, prayed for the safety and liberation of mineworkers.

"Lord, please give us light in the midst of such darkness, even Pharoah's heart was as hard as stone but your will prevail, dear Lord."

Turning straight to Daily Maverick after praying, as if he had unfinished business, Bukhali said the elders were going to die soon, leaving the country in our hands. If that happens, we should be able to fight on until...

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