Near the “platinum belt” city of Rustenburg, 120km northwest of Johannesburg, hundreds of protesters barricaded streets with rocks
and burning tyres on Friday close to a mine belonging to top producer Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats).
The unscheduled strikes also spread to the manufacturing sector for
the first time this week, with workers at Toyota’s Durban car plant downing
tools on Monday to demand higher pay. The strike was resolved on Thursday, with
unions saying workers had received a 5.4% pay hike.
“As far as I know the guys have been pitching up for work and
production has restarted,” Toyota SA spokesperson Leo Kok said.