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Some gold sector miners still on strike

At least 21,000 workers in the gold sector are still on strike after some accepted a new wage offer.

At least 21,000 workers in the gold sector are still on strike after some accepted a new wage offer.

JOHANNESBURG - About 21,000 miners in the gold sector are still on strike in the Northern Cape and Free State.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said on Saturday Harmony Gold mineworkers are still demanding a 15 percent increase.

Earlier this week, some 80,000 mineworkers went on strike, causing the most costly industrial action in the mining sector in South African history.

However, a vast percentage of the major gold producers are once again operational after workers accepted an eight percent wage hike on Friday.

Harmoney Gold rejected the hike.

The Num's Lesiba Seshoka said, "The workers at Harmony Gold, both in the Free State and the Northern Cape remain on strike after rejecting the offer. We are going to be interacting with them between today and Monday."

Num members downed tools for higher wages on Tuesday demanding a basic wage of between R6,000 - R7,000.

On Thursday, the Chamber of Mines tabled a revised offer after the Num said it was willing to compromise.