Johannesburg - Lonmin [JSE:LON] will put its K4 shaft into
care and maintenance and terminate a contract with Murray & Roberts, which
supplies around 1 200 staff, it said on Monday as a strike continued.
The company said it announced on July 26 that, in light of
the weak pricing environment, some capital spending at its K4, Hossy, and Saffy
shafts in the Rustenburg area, would be deferred to reduce annual capital
spending for 2013/14 to $250m (about R2bn) a year.
"Lonmin further announces today, that as part of that
on-going capital expenditure review it will be moving its K4 shaft to care and
maintenance," it said in a statement.
"The company has today, Monday, given notice to
terminate its contract with Murray & Roberts Holdings [JSE:MUR], the
contractor which supplies approximately 1 200 staff at the K4 shaft with effect
from 17 October 2012."
Operations ground to halt when workers at Lonmin's Marikana
platinum mine went on strike on August 10, in demand of a R12 500 monthly wage.
In the days following, 10 people including two security
guards and two policemen, were killed. Then, on August 16, 34 people died when
police fire on them. A union shop steward was found dead in the area last week.
The strike has since spread to other mines in the area.
Pay talks have reopened between the unions and
representatives of the workforce of around 28 000 people at Lonmin's Marikana
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