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Lonmin attendance now down to only 8%

28 Aug 2012
JOHANNESBURG ( – JSE-listed platinum producer Lonmin on Tuesday reported another fall in the attendance of workers at its Marikana platinum mine, near Rustenburg.

Only 8% of the world number-three platinum producer’s 28 000 employees reported for duty across all shafts on Tuesday, compared with the 13% recorded on Monday.

While no incidents of violence had been reported, unsubstantiated reports of intimidation in two mining areas around Karee mine also emerged, and the company believed that many absent employees were waiting for a safer environment before returning to work.

Lonmin halted all but essential operations at its mine over two weeks ago after an illegal strike by 3 000 rock-drill operators led to a violent clash which left 44 dead a week later.

A peace accord was scheduled to be signed on Wednesday between unions, management and worker representatives. The signing of the accord was expected to provide all parties with a framework within which agenda items - such as wages - can be discussed.

“Management encourages all parties to participate in the peace accord meeting so that we can stabilise our situation and move forward,” the company said in a statement.