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Miners on kopjes near Lonmin mine

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa addressed workers to huge applause on Wednesday evening, following the ejection of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president, Senzeni Zokwana, from the union meeting.

Mathunjwa promised workers that he would attempt to broker favourable conditions for them to return to work.

Amcu is again eating into NUM territory, which is a repeat of a pattern that played out at the Rustenburg Implats Mine earlier this year.

An ultimatum promised to the striking Lonmin workers has yet to materialise with Lonmin management backtracking on the threat uttered at Tuesday’s lunchtime press conference.

Speaking to the media about developments in the strike, Lonmin’s executive vice president of human capital and external affairs, Barnard Mokwena, told journalists that they would issue an ultimatum on Wednesday to those workers who had embarked on an unprotected strike as they had obtained a court interdict for the stoppage of the strike.

Earlier on Wednesday, however, communications officer Gillian Findlay said “the ultimatum remains an option that was not yet put into effect” but could be effected if the strike persisted. She could not be drawn into pronouncing on the effect the strike was having on the mine’s production.

About 3 000 workers have been meeting on the koppie on the edge of Nkanini, an informal settlement adjacent to Karee shaft one in Lonmin’s Western Platinum mine since Sunday.  Read more…