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South African miners strike edges closer to four month mark

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South African miners strike edges closer to four month mark

A strike by South African platinum miners has entered its 15th week after workers rejected the latest wage offer from employers just days from the country’s general elections.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has been heavily criticised by mining companies. South African President Jacob Zuma, who has remained relatively quiet on the issue, has expressed his concern of the impact the strike is having on the country’s economy.

Jacob Zuma said: “Both the employers and the workers, there is a limit to the strike, there’s a limit to a conflict, you can’t just have it forever….You can’t just prolong the thing forever, I said that they must be responsible.”

The dispute has been a major headache for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in this election year.

The prospect of a restructuring in the sector involving heavy job losses would prove very unpopular with the unemployment rate standing at over 25 percent.

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