SA chrome miners join strike despite crackdown

By AP Updated at 2012-09-17 11:20:38 +0000


MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — The South African Press Association reports mining strikes that have halted work at seven gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector.

The official news agency quotes a strike leader saying some miners at Samancor Chrome stopped work Friday demanding a minimum take-home pay of 12,500 rand ($1,560).

A company spokeswoman says only the CEO can comment. It was unclear whether production was affected at the chrome mine near Mooinooi, northwest of Johannesburg.

Unrest began with a deadly strike Aug. 10 at Lonmin PLC's platinum mine and quickly spread to six other platinum and one gold mine.

Police and soldiers were out in force Monday to halt a planned illegal march by Lonmin miners in the fifth week of a strike after the government ordered a crackdown.