South Africa mines minister vows to break strike deadlock


South Africa’s new mines minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Wednesday that the deadlock in the country’s crippling 18-week platinum strike would soon be broken as movement has been made on both sides.Ramatlhodi appointed a government team on Wednesday to try and resolve the wage stoppage by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at the world’s top platinum producers. The team will meet the companies and union on Thursday at an undisclosed location.”We will break the deadlock. I can say there has been movement on both sides,” Ramatlhodi, who was sworn in on Monday, told Reuters.He said a “political intervention is necessary” after several rounds of negotiations failed to end the strike at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin.”The country can’t afford … business as usual,” he said.

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