South African Miners Win Wage Increase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
South African platinum miners get an 11 - 22% raise. This comes weeks after violent clashes with police in which both miners and officers were killed.

Mine workers attend a memorial service at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Police shot and killed 34 striking miners and wounded 78 last week. Demands for higher wages spread to at least two other mines, raising fears of further protests at more South African mines that provide most of the world's platinum. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) -- Platinum miners gathered at a stadium to celebrate a wage deal struck with mining company Lonmin that sees the South African workers getting an increase of pay from 11 to 22 percent.
Thousands sang the national anthem in piercing heat Wednesday in Marikana. Miners were laughing and cheering as they walked into the Wonderkop stadium. Many said they were happy to return to work Thursday and that a strike that saw more than 40 killed in August have finally come to an end.
But a few miles away, police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse people near a mine owned by another company, Anglo American Platinum, in Rustenburg on Wednesday. The South African Press Association quoted police as saying "we are not tolerating any illegal gatherings."


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