Discussions aimed at resolving the Amcu strike at platinum mines with the CCMA are continuing today. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has expressed confidence in its ability to resolve labour issues between the union and platinum producers during the resumed talks.

This comes four days after members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools at the platinum giants Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin.

The union is demanding an entry-level monthly salary of R12 500, but employers have said that this would be unaffordable. Amplats has reported losing 4 000 oz/d of platinum and a daily revenue loss of R100-million, while Lonmin and Implats are expecting to lose about 3 100 oz/d and 2 800 oz/d in platinum production respectively.

So far, the strike has been peaceful, with no incidents of strike-related violence being reported.

Meanwhile, an Amcu strike in the gold sector was delayed last week following a postponed ruling on an urgent application for an interdict against the strike until Thursday by the Labour Court. The strikes would affect Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine, Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu and Masimong mines, and all AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations.