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Prayer service for Rustenburg miners

Church leaders have decided to hold a prayer service for Rustenburg miners following unrest at various mines.

Church leaders have decided to hold a prayer service for Rustenburg miners following unrest at various mines.

JOHANNESBURG - Religious leaders and representatives from various churches are due to hold a prayer services with mine workers at the Rustenburg Olympia Stadium on Saturday.

The prayer day is being held by outreach Ministry Glimpses of Glory, which has recruited renowned speakers such as Angus Buchan.

Organisers say they are expecting thousands of people to turn out.

The ministry's Francois Burger says the event is being held in response to violent protests by striking miners in the area.

"Following the chaos that we've seen lately in Rustenburg, we've decided to host an event like this."

The mining industry has been plagued by violent strikes in recent months.

President Jacob Zuma and other leaders have called on miners to return to work.

Meanwhile, Gold Fields Mine has issued another ultimatum to its striking employees, this time at its KDC east operation, near Carletonville on the West Rand.

At least 8,500 workers are on strike there, demanding higher wages.