Ramatlhodi to deliver housing for miners

Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the living out allowance demanded by Amcu is in addition to the R12,500 salary.

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Mineral Resources said it will speed up the delivery of homes to miners on the platinum belt to supplement their living out allowance paid by the mining houses in a bid to reach an agreement to end the five month long strike.

The proposal was tabled during Minerals Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi's two week mediation of talks between Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the platinum producers.

Ramatlhodi said it's still on the table as a means to alleviate the financial pressure on mine bosses.

He said the living out allowance demanded by Amcu is in addition to a salary of R12,500 and could be addressed by government.

"Our incentive was that we can accelerate the delivery of houses and release the allowance."

The minister added this has been one of the contentious issues, but the building of houses in not reactive and was supposed to have taken place through the company's social labour plan.

"We'll implement what we had committed to do."

He advised Amcu and the platinum producers to return to the Labour Court because if the strike continues mass retrenchments will follow.