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Business as usual’ at Lonmin’s Marikana

19 Oct 2012
JOHANNESBURG ( – Platinum miner Lonmin on Friday said operations at its Marikana mine, in the North West province, had returned to normal after disruptions the previous day.

On Thursday, employees arrived at work but refused to go underground. The company believed these workers were angry about certain arrests that were made by the South African Police Service this week.

Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on Friday morning, Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey said it was “business as usual” at Marikana, with the entire workforce turning up for the nightshift.

“We also had full attendance at today’s morning shift,” she noted.

Workers last month received pay increases of up to 22% to end a deadly strike. In August, Lonmin employees downed tools, which eventually erupted in violent clashes, leading to police shooting 34 people.