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Lonmin denies closure claims

Mining mogul Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Minerals had already expressed interests.

Mine workers walk to a meeting point, at Lonmin's Marikana Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Platinum producer Lonmin on Wednesday denied it had any plans to close operations following a long-standing strike at its Marikana mine.

The 32-day strike caused the company to lose 80,000 ounces of platinum, translating to losses of more than R1 billion, based on current prices.

Mining mogul Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Minerals had indicated interest in the event of closure.

Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey said there were no such plans.

Wage negotiations between Lonmin management and other officials continue in a bid to get miners back to work.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) disputed claims that it was holding up talks aimed at ending the impasse.

The union reportedly refused to discuss anything else, but the workers' R12,500 wage demands.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said they were co-operating with all structures appointed to address issues.

"We have been going there [to meetings]. The R12,500 wage demand was never discussed."

Meanwhile, National Union of Mineworkers (Num) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said both the workers and Amcu were not playing ball.

At least 45 people have been killed in the violence at the North West mine.