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Vavi calms striking Carletonville miners

Striking workers at Gold Fields were told a wage offer would be made to them by Thursday.

Goldfields miners gather at a stadium in Driefontein, demanding a wage hike. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu Secretary General Zwelenzima Vavi on Wednesday promised striking Carletonville mineworkers a wage proposal by Thursday.

Earlier, he left the Cosatu Congress in Midrand with a delegation from the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) to address striking workers at Gold Fields' Kloof-Driefontein complex (KDC) mine on Gauteng's West Rand.

This after the company threatened to fire more than 15,000 striking workers.

Vavi and Num representatives spent Wednesday afternoon trying to convince workers to end their wage strike.

The miners at KDC said they will be striking on Thursday, but hoped Cosatu will be able to broker a good offer.

Union leaders will now meet on Thursday morning.

Earlier in September, the miners downed tools to demand a R12,500 salary.

WORKERS ARRESTED IN RUSTENBURG

At least 22 striking workers were arrested at Anglo American's Platinum Mine (Amplats) in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse an illegal gathering.

Officers maintained a heavy presence in the area after miners downed tools last week to demand better pay.

Amplats confirmed that operations resumed at the mine, but some of its workers were yet to return to work.

Police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said the arrested workers will face illegal gathering charges and possession of dangerous weapons charges.