Platinum Miners Strike in South Africa Ends after Five Months


A five-month-long strike by thousands of platinum miners in South Africa ended on Tuesday.

The president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Joseph Mathunjwa, said a wage deal and a bulk of the workers’ demands had been accepted by the mining companies involved, Euronews reported.

Speaking at a stadium in the city of Rustenburg, Mathunjwa announced that “the strike is officially over and workers will start reporting to work on Wednesday”.

Striking miner Simon Noka said that he wanted to thank God for the five-month strike, adding, “It hasn’t been easy, some families were broken. We knew what we were fighting for, plus we had God on our side. He fought for us and helped us win.”

The strike, which began in January, has hit 45 percent of the global supply of platinum and has been blamed for playing a part in the contraction of the South African economy in the first quarter of this year.