Lonmin denies new wage offer

Lonmin mine bosses deny claims that they tabled a new offer to striking Marikana miners.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Lonmin mine bosses on Sunday said they did not tabled a new offer to striking Marikana workers, despite claims by the National Union of Mineworkers (Num).

On Saturday, the union said the mining giant offered a R1,300 increase for basic workers.

But Lonmin management says the confusion arose after it clarified its original offer on Friday.

The company said the first offer of a 16 percent increase for entry-level workers still stands.

The mine reiterated that it could not afford the R12,500 demand made by striking miners.

According to Num, the new offer would be presented to its members over the course of the weekend.

Earlier, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said it was shocked and angered after it was not informed about the deal.

The breakaway union said it was excluded from wage negotiations.

Lonmin management also confirmed it will not enforce Thursday's urgent Labour Court interdict it obtained to stop the strike.

The company's Abey Kgotle said, "The reason why we have chosen not to enforce the court order is because we are involved in the process. We started with the peace accord and we are now negotiating."