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Anxious wait for gold mining houses

NUM says it will find out if their members have agreed to a proposal to end their strike today.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it would find out if its members would agree to a proposal to end their strike today.

The NUMs leadership went to speak to gold miners yesterday, following a meeting it had with the Chamber of Mines.

The talks lasted late into the night, and management at the respective mines said they were confident a deal would be reached soon.

Lesiba Seshoka, theNUM's spokesperson, said the delegation went to visit Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold mines in Gauteng.

He said they presented a new offer to management, which would see an increase in wages and added benefits to the workers.

All entry-level workers will move from category three to four.

He said the agreement would also see that miners receive several allowances.

An agreement had still not been reached late last night.

Seshoka said they would continue with talks on Thursday, and after a consensus was reached amongst the miners, would report back to the chamber.

Parties will also discuss that a full review of the living conditions of miners be conducted, as was discussed at the Congress of South African Trade Unions conference last month.