Strike not discussed at mining forum

Susan Shabangu says they discussed mine violence, living conditions and investment in the sector.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The crippling strike in the platinum sector was not discussed at a mining forum in Pretoria, Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said on Thursday.

She says the issue is being handled by the parties involved.

The forum was established in June 2013 to bring government, mining houses and labour unions together on a quarterly basis.

The minister says they discussed violence at the mines, living conditions and investment in the sector.

Shabangu says they couldn't discuss the strike at the forum because there are already processes in place between the relevant companies, unions and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

"There are various processes which are being tried to end the stalemate. Yesterday, they had a meeting and it's still continuing. As government, it's important to have the continuous engagement."

But the minister says she is well aware of the strike's impact.

"The strike isn't only hurting the workers but the country too. We'll continue to assist them because we want a resolution soon."

Meanwhile, hundreds of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members are marching through the streets of northern Johannesburg on Thursday to hand over a memorandum to Impala Platinum (Implats).

Some 80,000 workers affiliated to the union have been on a wage strike since January, demanding a basic salary of R12,500.

The wage dispute has affected operations at Implats, Lonmin and Amplats.