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Lonmin miners in South Africa set to return to work

  • Striking miners at a Lonmin-owned platinum mine in South Africa are to return to work on Thursday.

    Miners were told on Tuesday of a proposed 22 percent pay rise, which is yet to be accepted.

    The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration informed the workers, most of whom are rock drill operators, at a soccer pitch near the Marikana mine in Rustenburg, located around 50 miles north-east of Johannesburg.

    The announcement comes after police last month opened fire on protestors at the mine, killing 34 striking workers.

    Miners have been demanding a salary of around $1,500. They currently earn less than half that amount.

    The clashes at the Marikana mine brought production to a standstill for weeks with the unrest spreading to other mines.

    South Africa is the world’s largest platinum producer and the disruption is estimated to have cost the industry $548 million in lost output.