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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