Miners to meet on Monday to negotiate

Mineworkers said that they will not return to work until their salaries have been raised to R12,500.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Sunday, a solution to the impasse at Lonmin's Marikana mine needs to be found as soon as possible.

Wage negotiations are set to get underway on Monday, following an illegal strike that has lasted four weeks and ended the lives of 34 miners during clashes with the police in August.

Mineworkers said they will not return to work until their salaries have been raised to R12,500.

NUM's Frans Baleni said an agreement has to be reached at some stage.

”We look forward to continue negotiations on Monday and we’ll hear what are the company’s ideas to the issues at hand.”

Aid organisation Gift of the Givers on Sunday said it will remain in Marikana for the next week to establish a feeding scheme for community members there.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman said many families in the North West township have been left with no food because miners have not been paid their salaries due to the ongoing strike.

“We are hoping that we have given them sufficient food.

“That way, the anger might subside because a hungry man is very angry man.

“Hopefully as the anger subsides, people will be more calm and the environment will be more conducive to negotiations.”

The Young Communist League (YCL) said on Sunday, South Africa must adopt global practices and revoke the licence of mining companies when a worker dies on duty.

The YCL's national secretary Buti Manamela said mining companies should start taking responsibility for the high number of underground fatalities.

Manamela was speaking at a press conference called by the league in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

He said this will not result in mines being closed or jobs being lost but would force companies to ensure that when workers go underground it's not a death trap.