Wildcat strike halts Marikana operations

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Families of Lonmin's Marikana mineworkers killed in clashes with police will conduct cleansing ceremonies on Monday.

 

RUSTENBURG - Workers have embarked on a wildcat strike at Lonmin&39;s Marikana mine.
 
Operations at 13 shafts have ground to a halt, as miners have refused to go underground. 
 
It&39;s not clear why the workers have downed tools, but tensions have been rising, since a senior Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) official was murdered over the weekend.
 
Lonmin says the situation is calm at moment.
 
 
PROFITS
 
The third largest platinum miner, meanwhile, is boasting a stellar turnaround financially.
 
Profits for the first half of this year have doubled compared with last year.
 
Lonmin’s pretax profit rose to 54-million-US-dollars, helped by lower costs.
 
The company has yet to strike a new recognition agreement with its majority union, Amcu.
 
It says it anticipates a &39;significant challenge&39; when wage negotiations begin later this year.
 

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