Lonmin miners to receive a helping hand

The Gift of the Givers will on Saturday supply food and blankets to Lonmin miners and their families.

A file picture of Gift of the Givers at work. Picture: Gift of the Givers via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Humanitarian relief non-governmental organisation Gift of the Givers will on Saturday leave for Marikana in the North West, to supply food and blankets to Lonmin miners and their families.

Thousands of workers went on an illegal strike last month. They have vowed to stay away from work until their monthly salary is increased to R12, 500.

The Gift of the Givers on Friday said it would provide Marikana residents with relief worth about R1million.

The organisation received numerous requests from the public, urging them to intervene.

Gift of the Givers spokesperson Dr Imtiaz Sooliman the organisation hoped Lonmin would respond to their employees' plight first.

"We're now stepping in because of an increasing request from the public to please do something and help people who are, from a humanitarian point of view, in desperate need."

It emerged earlier this week that miners were approaching cash loan outlets, as most did not get paid in August.

Violence has headlined the almost four-week long strike, claiming 44 lives.