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Amcu negotiations postponed

CCMA's Nerine Kahn says parties wanted to go back to their constituencies to get mandates.

CCMA's Nerine Kahn says parties wanted to go back to their constituencies to get mandates. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wage negotiations in the platinum sector have been postponed until Thursday to allow unions and mine bosses to continue consultations with its members.

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was due to resume individual negotiations with the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum today, but says all parties have asked for more time before the talks resume.

Amcu members listen to Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on the platinum belt on 23 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The union is demanding a basic salary of R12,500, but it's understood offers tabled at the negotiations much lower than expected.

About 80,000 Amcu members have been on strike for almost a month now, which has almost halted South Africa's platinum production.

The CCMA's director Nerine Kahn said, "Parties wanted to go back to their constituencies to get mandates."

Furthermore, Rustenburg police's Thulani Ngubane says there have been no further reports of intimidation or violence.

Police presence increased at the Anglo Platinum Rustenburg mines as miners went on strike. Govan Whittles/EWN.

"We're happy there's communication between us and the miners and they understand that they must respect the rights of those who want to stay away from work."

Meanwhile, an Amcu shop steward was killed on Friday in a clash with police at an Amplats mine.

The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine in the Limpopo province.

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