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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that platinum producer Lonmin on Tuesday unveiled its proposed design for a Marikana memorial park and announced the occupation of its infill apartments a day before the fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre.  

Thirty-four miners died and at least 70 were injured on 16 August 2012 when police opened fire during a mining strike at Marikana, following a week of heightened tensions between the mineworkers, security forces and Lonmin management.   The memorial project is still in its infancy and the company will consult with employees and stakeholders on the proposed design.  Lonmin, meanwhile, also launched the first two phases of infill apartments at the Wonderkop and Eastern sites, close to the company’s converted hostel family units.  The R410m development currently comprises 493 completed units, of which 403 have been occupied by the company’s employees.  A further 300 units, which form part of Phase 3 are currently under construction and will be ready for occupancy in December.

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