Ramatlhodi: Wage agreement in sight

Ngoako Ramatlhodi says a wage agreement between Amcu and platinum producers will be reached soon.

Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he's confident a wage agreement between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and platinum producers will be signed soon.

Thousands of Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum went on strike in January demanding an entry level salary of R12,500.

An announcement is expected soon on whether the strike has been resolved after the union and platinum giants agreed on a revised wage offer in principle last week.

Ramatlhodi says the amount has been agreed on it's just how quickly this can be implemented.

"Something has to give. As we speak, the parties have a signed in principle agreement. The devil of course will still be in the finer detail."

Platinum producers have proposed to increase the salary of the lowest paid worker by R1,000 for two years and R950 in the third year, excluding other benefits.

The strike has already had a negative impact on the country's economy and investor confidence and has been mentioned by ratings agency Standard & Poor's as one of the reasons South Africa's credit rating was downgraded.