The desire to receive a higher salary prompted platinum miners at the Sibanye-Stillwater enterprises in the Rustenburg region and their colleagues in the gold mining sector to go on strike. Protests have been going on for more than ten weeks. Miners demand a salary increase of 1000 rand.
According to the representative of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) Joseph Mathunjwa, workers hope that the Minerals Council of South Africa will be favorable to them. Members of the AMCU plan to deliver a memorandum to the Minerals Council of SA in Marshalltown, where they are going right now:
“We haven’t had any formal meetings with them but we hope and trust that they will come to their senses and stop this arrogance and come and engage with Amcu to reach a solution and agreement to this strike,” Joseph Mathunjwa stressed.
Previously, motorists were warned to avoid several areas of the Johannesburg CBD because of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) protest.
The procession began from a Westgate Transport Hub and passes through Marshall Street and Simmons Street in Johannesburg. Striking workers will finish the route at the offices of the Mineral Council of SA and will hand over a memorandum.