numSowetanLive reports that striking miners in the Northern Cape have finally been allowed to receive water and medication after spending several days underground in a wage protest.  

At least 67 miners at the Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine‚ northwest of Kimberley‚ have been staging an underground protest since Monday.  The employees‚ who include females and people who take chronic medication‚ are all members of the National Mineworkers Union (NUM).  Tebogo Kgomongwe‚ NUM deputy branch secretary‚ indicated that the mine only took medication down on Wednesday, after negotiations.  He went on to say:  “What angered the 67 members to refuse to come out of underground was when Petra Diamonds threatened to withhold the bonuses that are due to be paid end of September.  The company has also threatened to retrench them.”  Demands by NUM members include a wage increment of 10% across the board every month (year?) for three years‚ housing subsidies and medical aid allowances.


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