Diamond miners strike in Cullinan

2012-10-18 08:28

Johannesburg - Workers at one of South Africa's oldest and best known diamond mines have embarked on an illegal strike and are demanding a salary of R12 500.

Around 1 800 workers of the Petra mine near Cullinan, east of Pretoria, announced their strike at 6pm on Tuesday, Beeld reported.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the miners' official union, is not backing the strike, but it is still obligated to represent the striking workers, according to union representative Tebogo Mpahlele.

He said the NUM represented nearly 1 200 workers.

Operations at the mine have ground to a halt, as nobody arrived for work on Wednesday.

The mine garnered international fame when it produced the 3106 carat Cullinan diamond in 1905.

More than 750 diamonds larger that 100 carats have been excavated at Petra, and it is the world's most notable producer of rare, sought after blue diamonds.

The mine's spokesperson Gert Klopper, said it was an unprotected strike, but the employer was in talks with NUM.

Klopper said it was in conflict with mine policy to discuss labour matters publicly.


  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-18 08:35

    simple . . . fire them!

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-18 08:39

    yawn...more miners not wanting to work, not wanting to support their families...

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-18 08:40

    Don.t wait a month or 2 to sort this out, 7 days is enough. Discipline the workers as soon as possible.

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-18 08:41

    None of the strikes were apparently supported by the NUM/Cosatu but they seem to be very well coordinated all the same. One cannot help but wonder if the conspiracy theorists are right.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-18 08:47

    This all comes back to the decision to cave in to demands at Marikana. That decision will haunt South Africa for a long time.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-10-18 08:52

    It does not look that this is going to end. There are huge motives behind all these strikes.Get use to the collapse of SA economy in the nearby future

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-18 08:59

    Find the short cut and fire them. There are enough Zimbabwean refugees who have mining experience and who have run away from Mugabe's nationalisation, for mates and ZANU-PF, to fill slots quickly and effectively, but most importantly economically. These refugees have been welcomed into our country wth the same socio-economic rights as citizens, and therefore must be protected by the state if the fired workers take exception. As a 50+ year old white guy with only work experience to go on, I can only secure a minimum wage position, I live in a single room with not enough room to 'swing a cat', polony is my staple diet (not quite), so I pretty much understand the value of half a loaf as opposed to no loaf. Politicians, rabid unionists and opportunists must STOP f*cking with these guys lives.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-18 09:37

    We need a women for President,Thuli or Moleketi,Masenbuku,Pandor they are all strong leaders come people lets get the women in power

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-18 09:41

    These dumb sh*t miners are like sheep !! R12500 has stuck in their collective tiny uneducated minds !! Fire the f*ckers !!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 11:04

    Who is going to destroy the country the quickest? Our labour force, or the ANC government?

  • gerhard.kleijn - 2012-10-18 15:48

    The mine is not 'near Cullinan', it is slap bang in the centre of Cullinan. Businesses, mostly catering for tourists, were forced to close their doors. Another great advert for this country,

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