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Marikana strike ends

Striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine accepted a wage offer on Tuesday.

Striking Lonmin workers discuss a wage increase offer in Marikana, North West, on 14 September 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West Province on Tuesday accepted a revised wage offer.

Wages will now range from R9,000 to R11,000, which amounts to a 22 percent increase.

Lonmin bosses and workers were both desperate to end the illegal strike, which started in early August.

Striking miners said they were battling financially and had not eaten in days.

The mining giant was forced to shut down one of its shafts as a result of the industrial action.

In August, some 3,000 rock drill operators downed tools to demand higher wages.

Since the beginning of strike, at least 45 people have been killed in ongoing violence at the volatile mine.

At least 34 protesters were killed and 78 others wounded when police opened fire on demonstrators on August 16.

Workers are now set to return to work on Thursday morning.

Miners had initially demanded a basic salary of R12,500 a month.

The South African Council of Churches' Bishop Jo Seoka, who represented workers during wage talks, said they were happy with the significant increase.

More representatives went back to the Lonmin offices to sign the agreement.

The workers received the news during a gathering at the nearby Wonderkop Stadium.

The groups were cheerful, calling the agreement a victory.