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NUM members to decide on new wage offer

The union says its members will spend the weekend reviewing the new offer.

FILE: Members of the NUM NEC. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's members are now discussing a new offer tabled by the Chamber of Mines and that it's hopeful that the strike in the coal industry will be over soon.

On Friday, negotiations stalled due to an impasse with mining company Glencore.

Thirty thousand coal workers have downed tools demanding a R1,000 increase for lower category workers while the companies are offering between R300 and R600.

NUM's Livhuwani Mmamburu says their members will spend the weekend reviewing the new offer.

"The Chamber of Mines tabled its latest offer yesterday. We are taking that offer to our members to decide whether they accept it or not. A mass meeting started today and will continue tomorrow until Monday morning."

Meanwhile, Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is intervening in the mining industry hoping communities in mining towns could benefit from the business.

Makgoba hosted a number of mining companies, civil society groups, unions and faith-based organisations at his home yesterday.

The talks are part of a global initiative kicked off by the Vatican two years ago in which mining sector leaders seeks to reposition the industry as one that can be a partner for long-term sustainable development with communities and governments.

Makgoba says organisations discussed how the interests of residents could be placed first.

"Everyone is concerned. The mining communities felt they could do something better if they work together and with religious communities and NGOs."