Lonmin meeting underway

Lonmin, union leaders and striking workers are locked in talks at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Union members arrive at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, for talks about the Lonmin wage impasse. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG- A meeting between Lonmin bosses, union leaders and striking workers got underway on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials will attempt to resolve the tense wage impasse that resulted in violence at the Marikana mine, earlier in August.

At least 44 people were killed and 78 others wounded in the violence.

The situation at the North West mine remained tense on Wednesday, as miners refused to return to work over a wage dispute.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant was expected to take part in discussions at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, but sent representatives instead.

The meeting will be held behind closed doors.

Lonmin said its priority is to restore peace and stability to the area before the wage issue is discussed.

But miners said they want a R12,500 salary before they return to work.

Officials are hoping that some sort of agreement can be reached in coming days to end the deadlock.