12 June 2014

South Africa: Platinum Strike - Never-Ending Story Set to End


Since 23 January, parties in the platinum strike have been to the CCMA. The Labour Court tried to mediate. Even the Mineral Resources Minister took charge for a couple of weeks.

Nothing worked and this week the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the three platinum producers looked as far apart as ever.

But it's always been a game of who will blink first. The miners have been without a wage for almost five months and have blinked, meaning a resolution to the longest and most costly strike in the country's history might be imminent. But the deal's not done, yet. By THAPELO LEKGOWA & GREG NICOLSON.

Buses are dropping off workers at the Wonderkop Stadium, Marikana, in the morning where hopes are high and hunger is the eyes. As you go towards the stadium you are faced by women carrying babies on their backs and carrying empty containers that they will use if they happen to get a meal.

The singing is quiet and energy is at its lowest since Daily Maverick's been in Marikana. Community members are in conversation on the sidelines of the stadium. Small groups of men are discussing percentages - what is acceptable ...

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