Some relief for Marikana workers

Gift of the Givers went back to Marikana to hand out hot meals to striking Lonmin workers.

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

MARIKANA - Humanitarian group Gift of the Givers handed out hot meals to striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana Mine on Monday evening.

The miners have not received a salary in over a month after workers embarked on an illegal strike in early August.

Many refuse to return to work until their wages are increased to R12,500 a month.

Lonmin bosses and unions were ready to proceed with salary negotiations, but the miners failed to show up.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said it would facilitate wage talks only if miners return to work.

But attendance figures remained in the single digits on Monday.

The failure to begin wage talks will once again put the platinum producer under strain, after four weeks without production.

Earlier, workers marched to several shafts at Lonmin's Eastern Platinum mine in a bid to prevent employees from reporting for duty.

At least 44 people were killed in the violence that ensued during the month-long strike, with 34 miners killed when police opened fire on striking workers on August 16.