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Infographic: South Africa’s Platinum belt Strike Timeline

Five months of striking in South Africa’s platinum belt have brought South Africa’s economy to its knees, and platinum mineworkers will never recover from the five-month strike in the platinum mining sector, says SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) embarked on a strike at platinum mines on January 23 for a R12 500 monthly salary, which only ended on June 23 with an agreement that provides for a R1 000 increase for the first three years for the two lowest bands of categories. Other categories will receive between 7.5% and 8%, while benefits and allowances will be fixed or rise with inflation.

“The strike was disastrous, and workers will not recover from the five months lost,” Nzimande said.

This infographic represents a timeline of strike-related events in South Africa’s platinum belt, from the tragic events at Marikana in 2012 to the end of the most recent wage-related strike in 2014.

South Africa Platinum belt Strike Timeline Infographic

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