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Details of platinum wage talks to be released

Amcu says parties will discuss the matter publicly after they have concluded today's talks.

Joseph Mathunjwa said parties will discuss the matter publicly after they have concluded today's talks. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Details of the a new round of wage talks aimed at ending the crippling platinum strike are expected to be released later today.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was locked in closed talks with mining companies for the past two days, trying to resolve a wage dispute which has seen miners calling for a R12,500 entry level salary.

In an unprecedented move this week, a Labour Court judge urged the parties to return to the negotiating table after the union approached the court wanting Lonmin mine bosses to stop communicating directly with workers.

Amcu claimed the sms messages were fuelling tensions, but denied its members are behind the killing of four people and widespread intimidation of Lonmin employees.

There's been scant information so far about the progress of the wage negotiations and Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa said the parties will only discuss the matter publicly after they have concluded today's talks.

Mining analysts and international investors remain optimistic that this time an agreement will be reached and the strike may be called off by the weekend.

But the situation in the North West mining district remains volatile with another death reported in the area yesterday.

A member from rival union the National Union of Mineworkers was stabbed in Rustenburg while on his way to work in another province.

He was apparently threatened by striking miners in the weeks before his death.

Video: Amcu and mining houses re-enter wage talks.