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Debt Rescue SA turns away miners

Debt Rescue SA argued it can only help manage credit if clients have some form of income.

Debt Rescue SA argued it can only help manage credit if clients have some form of income.  Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Debt Rescue South Africa said it had to turn away hundreds of mineworkers on the platinum belt applying for debt review because they haven't been receiving any income for more than four months.

Debt Rescue argued it can only help manage credit if clients have some form of income, but because the strike has dragged on for nearly five months, many of them have no money left.

The company said the number of people applying for debt review increased when the strike started in January and since then it has also been approached by small business owners in the Rustenburg area.

Debt Rescue CEO Neil Roets said, "There's a constant flow of applications for debt review."

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) won't confirm whether it accepted the latest wage proposal, but it's hoped the intervention from government will end the strike.

The union said it responded to a wage proposal tabled by the intergovernmental task team, but it's up to the newly appointed Minerals Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to pave the way forward.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the strike continued for so long because there hasn't been co-operation from platinum producers.

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