Security staff block Marikana access

2012-08-21 10:22

Rustenburg - Security blocked access to the Lonmin platinum mine in Rustenburg in the North West on Tuesday morning.

Cars transporting personnel were seen entering the mine every few minutes.

They were the only people who were allowed access, after last week's protest action by mineworkers.

The protest action culminated in clashes with the police on Thursday, which saw 34 miners shot dead, more than 70 injured and 259 arrested.

Lonmin on Monday extended its ultimatum for workers to return to their jobs on Tuesday morning or face dismissal.

On Tuesday morning, Lonmin mine said its objective was not just to dismiss people, but to find a reasonable solution to the situation.

Lonmin executive vice-president for mining Mark Munroe told Talk Radio 702: "A deadline or ultimatum is not helping anyone.

"We strongly encourage people to come to work as soon as possible. There is a lot of action you can take before you dismiss someone."

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane called on Lonmin to suspend the Tuesday morning deadline.

"We hope they will understand the gravity of the situation," Chabane told SAfm.

After discussions with mine management "we thought they (the mine) understood that", he said.

Police were patrolling the area and assisting mine security at various access points.

From the main road in Marikana, 2km away from the mine shaft, a bus carrying workers was seen entering the premises.

Various police vehicles were also seen patrolling the Wonderkop area where miners and community members gathered on Monday.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher pay.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-21 10:43

    Just close the mine. Then they can go and look for work somewhere else...

      Innocent Tshiyamo Semosa - 2012-08-21 10:54

      that's rite they must just close the mine

      david.lebethe - 2012-08-21 10:55

      @Henk. Save to add: and see who will suffer.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-21 11:08

      Henk remember that their are thousand workers that are not part of the strikers that stil need this work. Fire the strikers yes and employ people that want to work. Remember this strikers are only tools in the hand of organisations that want the mine to fail and then they will call on the nationalation of the mines

      Mallela Isaac Mokholoane - 2012-08-21 11:10

      @ Henk. vanrensburg: you must 1st think b4 you provide an input, this mine is the 3rd supplier of Platinum in the world so you mean the whole world should suffer based on temporary problem that can be resolved?

      Essy1945 - 2012-08-21 12:00

      Exactly - close the mine. The unions, the government and labour force have made it completely impossible to employ people without being held to ransome by them - CLOSE THE DARN MINE. Let Ju Ju (yes malema) look after them - he is after all the man wanting nationalisation, he has so much money already, let them close the mine - let him (malema) give them work and food... and pay their unreasonable demands for wages/salaries!

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-21 10:44

    Does the goverment emply that all workers in the country may stay at home with full pay ?

      Mallela Isaac Mokholoane - 2012-08-21 11:06

      @ Nettie. Potgieter: please let us be rational this call 1 wk mourning only applies 2 Marikane Miners based on wht happened Last week. let us stop playing a racial card.

      Christo Groenewald - 2012-08-21 11:32

      isaac what was racist about this comment?! you seem to be the only racist factor there.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-21 11:50

      Sorry Mallela, maybe I understood this week off mourning wrong. What I understood was this week was for the entier country to not only think about the people that died but also that we as a nation must reflect on all the violance that is taking place. And to think what is wrong in this country. I wander if you took the time to listen what Zuma said I did.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-21 12:33

    Mark you hypocrite! firstly you should start by encouraging the police to relase the people who got do you come to work when you wake up in prison? do they let you?.secondly remove the security personel who are blocking the gates to the mine and then you can call the people to come from home,not from prison, to come to work.easy option? go undesrgeound and do the job yourself and maybe you will pay yourself better.

      denis.gomo - 2012-08-22 08:21

      How do you remove security from the gates of s precioys metal producer...grow a brain dude.

  • boyisile - 2012-08-21 12:35

    As South Africans we need to start to attend to real issues facing us. What happened In Marikana should be an eye opener. What the miners are fighting are real issues. I just to like what happened there. The gap between the poor and the rich in this country is too much. I read an article last month here of how Mandela sold black out. Mandela did what he had to do then. Now both blacks and white need to come to the party and address this desparities. We are seating on a time bomb and is ticking. Zimbabwe was once a great country with similar policies we have here in SA. Look at where they are now. It took it more than 20yrs to explode. People get tired. I wish we do something now so that we dont find ourself in the position where Zim is.

  • mart.botha - 2012-08-21 12:38

    Do you want to know why the Chinese are wanting in on SA's platinum mining..... Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, which is literally translated into "little silver".[1][2] It is a dense, malleable, ductile, precious, gray-white transition metal. Platinum has six naturally occurring isotopes. It is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust and has an average abundance of approximately 5 µg/kg. It is the least reactive metal. It occurs in some nickel and copper ores along with some native deposits, mostly in South Africa, which accounts for 80% of the world production. Platinum is used in catalytic converters, laboratory equipment, electrical contacts and electrodes, platinum resistance thermometers, dentistry equipment, and jewelry. Because only a few hundred tonnes are produced annually, it is a scarce material, and is highly valuable and is a major precious metal commodity. Being a heavy metal, it leads to health issues upon exposure to its salts, but due to its corrosion resistance, it is not as toxic as some metals.[3] Its compounds, most notably cisplatin, are applied in chemotherapy against certain types of cancer.[4]

  • matthew.edmeston - 2012-08-21 14:01

    The moral of the story (as seen across all industries) is the unions do nothing for the people they "represent" . These munimum wage workers pay a monthly membership fee to the unions for what??? Surly empty promises can't be that expensive!! As a business owner It feels criminal paying the union every month from my staff members hard earned salaries. As for the striking members that were shot dead by the police my thoughts go out to their families as they are the ones who have to deal with their stupidity! Anywhere in the world if you advance on a police officer wielding a deadly weapon they will put you down using deadly force regardless if you are black,white or any other race. It's about time we respect the police force in this country.

  • matthew.edmeston - 2012-08-21 14:10

    Would you mourn If a rapest was shot dead?? What about I hijacker?? So then why would you mourn the death of people (if not stopped using deadly force) who killed and were on a rampage with deadly pangas, hand guns and other weapons to kill the police on sight? Look at the whole picture befor you comment and not the a little piece of the story that allows you to make brash comments about rase.

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