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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90TMG Digital writes that mineworker Nelson Zansi, a rock drill operator at Lonmin’s Saffy shaft, is bubbling with hope of a better life‚ on the backdrop of the bloodiest history of post-apartheid South Africa.  

He had no livestock when he left his Eastern Cape village of Ngqeleni to seek employment in the platinum belt three years ago.  Today‚ Zansi has 26 cattle to his name back home.  More than everything‚ the father of four says the pay at the mine is getting closer to R12,500‚ the amount 34 of his colleagues were gunned down fighting for on 16 August 2012.  He is also looking forward to moving into one of the new hostels Lonmin is building‚ as ordered by the Marikana Commission.  “All this is testimony that our brothers did not die in vain.  What they fought for is materialising.  Now I take home R12,300.  We are getting there,” Zansi says.  At Lonmin’s Number One hostel‚ several widows of miners who died in the police shooting are comfortable.  The block has come to be known as the “Widows’ Block”.  The widows confirmed that they have been given jobs in the place of their killed husbands.  Spokesperson Wendy Tlou said Lonmin had now provided housing for half its category 4-8 workforce, though progress was slow due to economic conditions and the subsequent collapse of platinum prices.  She however claimed the company has accomplished a great deal in a difficult environment.

  • Read this report by Sipho Mabena in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Lonmin remains blind to the plight of Marikana victims, says Foundation, on page 16 of Business Report of 16 August 2017

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