• Change of culture needed

    The right leadership will help SA shed its culture of violence, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • 10 tips to find bargains

    Susan Erasmus gives advice on how bargain hunters can get the most bang for their buck.

  • Inside Labour

    Labour's bitter breaches need to be seen in historical context, says Terry Bell.

See More

Striking Bokoni miners meet at stadium

Nov 14 2012 20:09 Sapa

Related Articles

Atlatsa sacks over 1 000 Bokoni strikers

Returning Bokoni miners intimidated

Bokoni strikers dismissed

Interdict served on Bokoni strikers

Strike hits Limpopo platinum mine

Anooraq gets lifeline from Amplats

Johannesburg - Striking miners met at Bokoni mine stadium in Limpopo on Wednesday to discuss a possible solidarity strike in the region, spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei said.

"About 15 to 20 000 people came," said Sebei.

They had only expected around 2 700 people who were involved in the strike but found that people from the surrounding communities arrived to support the demands of the miners.

"Old women were speaking. It was quite inspiring. They were saying they were here to support their sons and husbands who are miners," he said.

"They don't want to see this poverty continue beyond this current generation. They were very articulate and eloquent. People are rising on their feet," said Sebei, of the National Strike Committee and an organisation called the Democratic Socialist Movement.

He said there were complaints that there had been very little development along the platinum belt in the Sekhukhune and Burgersfort region of Limpopo.

Mines had been there for over 50 years but nothing had been achieved in terms of infrastructure development, such as public education, and there was "hardly water", he continued.

The roads that there were led in and out of the mine.

"People want decent housing, not to mention the level of unemployment," he said. "These are issues that are coming out."

On Thursday, they would go to the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court where 56 people arrested on Tuesday, after stones were thrown at vehicles passing the mine in Limpopo, near Apel, are expected to appear.

Bokoni is 49% owned by Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], which is hoping that striking workers at its other operations Amandelbult, Rustenburg and Union will accept a new offer to return to work.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Ronel Otto said people set a tuckshop on the Bokoni mine's property alight on Tuesday and threw stones at buses bringing people to work at the mine.

Three policemen were injured by stones.

"They threatened to burn property inside the mine and also some people working in the shafts were prevented from [coming and going]."

Police took action, using rubber bullets and teargas, and over the course of the day and night arrested the large group.

Elias Juba, chairperson of the National Strike Committee, was among those arrested, said Sebei.

He said Juba was also chairperson of the local workers committee.

Sebei said the workers of Bokoni want a minimum wage of R16 500. Their strike was not started in terms of Labour Relations Act procedures, he said.
anglo platinum  |  limpopo  |  mining unrest  |  strikes


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:


Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!


Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

How do you see your boss? He/sheis:

Previous results · Suggest a vote