Last weekend marked the second anniversary of the tragedy that killed 34 people in 2012. Already people are calling August 16th Marikana Day.
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ANC and North West province government officials were conspicuously absent at a rally to commemorate slain miners on the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre.
This year’s Anglo American AGM – always very genteel affairs – was a little more exciting than usual. Mark Beacon of LMN member group ACTSA (Action for …
On Monday, the public saw the first event relating to phase two of the investigation into the massacre at London-listed Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, which will look into the socio-economic conditions that led to the tragic week in mining. These are the issues which, if left unchecked, could cause continuing violent unrest.
Major General Ganasen Naidoo, a deputy commissioner in the North West Province, was the highest-ranking officer to fire his weapon during the Marikana massacre. His cross-examination at the Farlam Commission is unearthing some disturbing facts and untruths.
“I doubt anyone who watches this film [Miners shot down] will ever again swallow the mendacious claim that Lonmin and the police were defending themselves against a bunch of unreasonable, violent and primitive armed gangs.”
The Vaclav Havel Jury Award at the One World Film Festival in the Czech Republic capital of Prague has gone to Miners Shot Down, the documentary about the Marikana massacre.
As the purported end of the Marikana Commission and the 2014 elections head for a flashy collision, it is clear that there is no chance that the commission will complete its work by April. Expect that it be extended, again. Despite this, the inquiry is making some startling revelations.
Lonmin e-mails are revealing for the cynicism that appeared to infect the company’s approach to internal transformation, the distribution of responsibilities among black management and the question of who was kept in or out of the various internal information loops about the wild-cat rock-drill operators’ strike in 2012.
Miners running from a hill at London-listed Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on August 16 2012, did not know they were heading straight for a police line, the Farlam commission of inquiry has heard.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) confirmed that 100% of its membership, or 80 000 workers, had gone on strike at platinum producers Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats).
Simmering labour disputes seem to be coming to boiling point in South Africa as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is planning widespread stroles over pay across both the gold and platinum sectors.