Rustenburg - Striking Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats)
workers braved a cold wind to meet at Sondela, near Rustenburg, on Monday.
Workers wearing windbreakers gathered at the Sondela sports
grounds to discuss their plans ahead of another round of wage talks with mine
management on Tuesday.
The workers' leader Tebogo Lebeke said they would know later
on Monday, whether they would be able to use the Bleskop stadium to hold a mass
meeting. The stadium belongs to the mine.
"We had planned to meet workers on Wednesday, to give
them a report back, but a technical issue surfaced regarding the stadium,"
Amplats' workers went on strike last Tuesday demanding a monthly
salary of R17 000, but were prepared to accept R12 500.
Roads in Sondela remained barricaded with stones and scrap
metal on Monday.
Residents burnt down hawkers' stalls on Friday, and
barricaded the road linking the informal settlement to the mine, and other
internal roads with rocks and burning tyres.
They said this was to prevent the police from gaining entry
to the informal settlement. They accused the police of shooting randomly when
they dispersed mineworkers gathering illegally at the nearby sports field.
The workers dispersed peacefully after the meeting.
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