Mine Strikes Spread In South Africa

The strikes in the platinum companies sector spread this Wednesday with workers from two more in South Africa’s mining heartland demanding higher wages.

Less than a week after police shot and killed 34 people at a violent protest at Lonmin PLC’s Marikana mine, miners at the world’s biggest platinum producer, Anglo-American Platinum Ltd., or Amplats, and Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd. echoed the Lonmin workers in calling for better pay and working conditions.

Amplats said a group of workers submitted demands including a wage increase at its Thembelenmi mine. The company said there was no strike yet.

The majority of about 600 workers who downed tools at the nearby Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine today say they are rock drill operators seeking higher wages.

Meanwhile the price of platinum firmed to its highest since May on the back of unrest in South Africa.