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NUM to march to Northam head office

More than 5,000 mineworkers are expected to march for higher wages.

More than 5,000 mineworkers are expected to take part in the march for higher wages. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 5,000 miners affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are expected to march to the Northam Platinum head offices in Dunkeld West this morning, despite warnings the strike by more than 7,000 staff is threatening the company's survival.

The platinum producer says the strike has cost it over R200 million so far.

The NUM is demanding an increase of up to 40 percent for members while the mine is offering between 8 and 9 percent, above the inflation rate of 5.5 percent from earlier this year.

The union's Ecliff Tantsi says, "We are expecting more or less 5,000 people."

Two weeks ago, the NUM took part in protests involving the workforce at Northam's Zondereinde operation, which accounts for the vast majority of its annual production of 300,000 ounces a year.

NUM members are demanding management negotiate for wages in rands and cents and not percentages.