Platinum miners undergo tests

The first phase of the re-induction of thousands of mineworkers has been completed at Lonmin.

Mineworkers going back at work at Lonmin's Rowland shaft in Marikana on 25 June 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The first phase of the re-induction of thousands of mineworkers has been completed at Lonmin.

Miners gathered at stadiums near the company's Marikana mine in the North West this morning to clock in and have medical check-ups.

While the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s wage strike is now officially over, it will still take some time before production resumes.

High blood pressure, malnutrition and a disruption in taking chronic medication are just some of the reasons returning Amcu members may not be able to start work immediately.

Those found to be unfit have been advised to go to mine hospitals.

The delay in resuming production is also because the companies need to assess the state of their underground infrastructure.

Many of the workers who reported for duty have not dispersed from the stadium.

They want to get back underground to earn a living as soon as possible.

At Impala Platinum (Implats), workers are also still registering.

The platinum mining companies collectively lost over R20 billion during the work stoppage, the longest of its kind at South African mines.

Around 70,000 Amcu members embarked on a work stoppage in January, demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

The five-month long strike ended on Tuesday when Amcu leadership and mine bosses signed a three-year settlement in Johannesburg.

This after a settlement was reached between the parties on Monday.

South Africa accounts for 40 percent of global platinum output.

The crippling strike also had a huge impact on the country's overall GDP, which contracted in the first quarter of 2014.

It was also mentioned by ratings agency Standard & Poor's as one of the reasons South Africa's credit rating was downgraded to just one notch above junk status.