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armBusinessLive reports that African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American Platinum bosses held urgent talks with unions and stakeholders on Tuesday in an attempt to establish the motive behind the killing of six Modikwa platinum mine workers.  

A bus ferrying workers home was petrol-bombed on Monday night on the R37.  The attack also left 44 other mine workers injured.  The road links the mining town of Burgersfort and dozens of mining companies operating from the Tubatse area.  It has been the scene of violent community protests over the years, with trucks and buses set alight regularly.  Until now no lives had been lost.  Community leaders and local business people said that, while the attack was initially thought to have been linked to protests over the non-implementation of social and labour plans by the mine, it was now believed there was a more complex conflict among local business people.  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) local leader Phillip Mankge voiced the following suspicion:  "There are business people using community members to stop the mines from operating and block the road so that they can gain access to contracts."  A businessman urged mining houses to revisit how they "deliberate" with communities and reflect on whether they were empowering communities as they ought to.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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