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Amcu responds to latest offer

Both Amplats and Implats said they are reviewing the contents of the written response.

Hundreds of striking Amcu miners wait patiently as the sun sets to hear what the latest offer is from platinum producers. Picture: Reinart Torrien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats) on Tuesday confirmed the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) submitted a response to the latest wage offer.

Both companies said they are reviewing the contents of the written response.

It's hoped the protracted wage strike on the platinum belt may come to an end soon after Amcu last week said it had reached an agreement, in principle, with employers.

Video: End to strike in sight?

Miners affiliated to Amcu downed tools in January demanding a basic salary of R12,500.

Impala spokesperson Johan Theron said, "We've received a formal letter from Amcu, which set out some of the areas they want to engage more in."

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema vowed to continue funding the platinum sector strike, saying his party will donate another R50,000 to the Amcu.

Amcu-affiliated miners demonstrate in Marikana on the platinum belt in the North West, where a strike in the sector has run since January. Picture: Sapa

The party has already donated R50,000 to help fund the strike.

Malema made the pledge on Monday during a Youth Day event in Freedom Park, just outside Rustenburg in the North West.

The controversial politician called on striking workers to protect Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa because he is the only person who has their best interests at heart.

He also told supporters, including mineworkers, they have the EFF's full support.