Aid group sets up camp in Marikana

Lonmin miners in Marikana in the North West. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Humanitarian group Gift of the Givers will remain in Marikana in the North West over the next few days, so it can establish a feeding scheme for residents there.

The group handed out food parcels to Lonmin miners and their families on Saturday.

Many families at the mining town have been without food, as thousands of miners enter week four of their illegal strike.

Striking workers were not paid for the month of August and are determined to not report for work until Lonmin management agrees to pay them a salary of R12, 500.

Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said the group set up camp in the area and would provide Lonmin miners and their families with relief over the next few days.

He said they would provide community members with hot food.

Gift of the Givers added it was shocked by the degree of poverty in Marikana.

Sooliman said settlement dwellers told them they had been left hungry for weeks.

“A hungry man is a very angry man,” he said.

Sooliman hopes miners will now be more willing to engage in talks with Lonmin stakeholders, to end the strike which has been dogged by violence.

Forty-four people have been brutally killed since the beginning of the strike.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)