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Anglo workers march to surrounding mines

Anglo Platinum miners planned to march to surrounding mines to garner support for wage strikes.

About 3, 000 striking miners gathered in an open field near Anglo American mine’s Thembelani shaft on 12 September, 2012 in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Striking miners at the Anglo Platinum operation in Rustenburg on Friday said they will march to the nearby Murray and Roberts mine to close down the shafts.

The workers were addressed by strike committee leaders at the Bleskop Stadium earlier where they were encouraged to protest at surrounding mines.

Strike committee leaders said one of Murray and Robert's shafts had also suspended operations after a protest that occurred earlier on Friday.

A few hundred workers planned to march to the mine and vowed to do the same at Xstrata's operation.

The committee's Evans Ramokga said their campaign to bring Anglo to its knees was gaining momentum.

This was after workers refused to report for duty at another shaft at Anglo's Amandelbult mine.

The miners are demanding a basic salary of R12,500. They said an agreement with management already exists, but that it had not been honoured.

LONMIN STRIKE SET TO CONTINUE

Meanwhile in Marikana, striking miners rejected a R986 wage increase offer from Lonmin.

The offer was made at the talks with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Lonmin bosses, unions and strike leaders on Thursday.

The increase would see entry-level workers earn R5,586 salary.

The miners, however, refuse to budge from their R12,500 wage demand.

The striking mineworkers said the R986 increase was part of an existing three-year wage agreement that would have been implemented in October.

Operations at the Marikana mine remain at an all time low, with attendance remaining in the single figures.

The five-week long strike has witnessed some violence, with 45 deaths reported since the strike began.