Wildcat strike halts Marikana operations


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.
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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