Royal Bafokeng miners down tools

23 August 2012 - 02:11 By SIPHO MASOMBUKA

Rock-drill operators at the Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine outside Phokeng, North West, have joined their counterparts in Lonmin on an "illegal" strike for better wages.

The 1000 miners downed tools on Tuesday and protested outside the mine yesterday morning.

Like their Lonmin counterparts, the workers, who claim to earn between R4000 and R6000 a month, want their salaries increased to R12500. Jacob Medupi said they had submitted a memorandum of demands to their union, the National Union of Mine-Workers, a week ago to pass on to management.

The NUM spokesman, Lesiba Seshoka, said management had refused to entertain demands outside the proper and agreed bargaining processes.

Attempts to reach Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine spokesman Kea Kalebe were unsuccessful. Her cellphone was off.