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Miners postpone march to Union Buildings

The national strike committee said the march to the Union Buildings will now happen next week.

Amplats miners march through the streets of Inkaneng township on 5 october 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - The national strike committee for miners in Rustenburg on Wednesday postponed its march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The protest was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, but was postponed because the committee failed to secure a permit on time.

The committee said thousands of miners from across the country will descend on the president's office to hand over a memorandum.

The workers, from various mines, are calling for a basic wage of R12,500.

The committee met on Wednesday in Phokeng, outside Rustenburg, to finalise plans for next week's mass march.

Committee chairperson Elias Juba said they managed to secure the permit from the City of Tshwane.

"We are now planning to stage our march on November 10."

Juba said most of the mining companies will be represented, despite some of the miners having already returned to work.

He said workers from Anglo American Platinum, AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields' KDC mine will attend the protest.

The committee endorsed the Democratic Socialist Movement, saying it will campaign with the movement in South Africa's next general elections.