6 thoughts on “South African miners’ fight gets stronger

  1. Mining companies ignore worker concerns

    I used to work for one of the biggest platinum producers in the world in South Africa. Incidents such as the Marikana massacre happen because owners of these big mining companies do not want to address workers concerns.

    I know this from experience. I was a spokesperson for workers and we were always willing to engage in dialogue with the employer.

    We wanted to promote equality and human rights as well as improve the general conditions of employment with regard to health and safety, production, salaries and benefits and fighting racism.

    But people like myself are regarded as threats to the industry simply because we believe in standing up for the truth. I was sacked after I followed company protocol to expose a senior member of staff for racism and gross violations of workers’ rights.

    I did everything I could to raise workers’ concerns and even went as far as informing a senior company official based in London but all my efforts proved futile.

    In the hope of getting justice I have submitted hard evidence of the abuses mine workers face to the human rights commission here in South Africa.

    Until the mining bosses are willing to seriously address workers’ concerns, black mine workers will continue to be defiant against their oppressor—and we are bound to have more Marikanas in South Africa.

    Letheo Elliot Mogwazeni, Rustenburg, South Africa


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  3. South African police shooting of Xstrata mine workers condemned

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) condemned the non-fatal shooting of Xstrata mine workers by the police. The workers had come out on strike following an alleged racist assault on a black worker by a white employee.

    NUMSA condemned the use of live ammunition to confront the strikers who were picketing. Xstrata is an Anglo-Swiss mining company with operations across Africa and other parts of the world.


    South African Amplats workers’ strike continues

    Striking platinum miners at the Anglo Platinum mine in the Rustenburg region are still on strike after eight weeks. Management made its latest offer to the striking workers Wednesday, November 14. The offer comprised a R600 (US$68) monthly allowance on top of their normal monthly wage and a one-off R4500 (US$510) to get them back to work.

    Anglo Platinum is currently reviewing its South African operations and could close some of its mines.


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