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Hard times in platinum belt

By Sapa | May 14, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 45 ]

Residents and businesses in the North West platinum belt are facing hardship because of the prolonged strike by miners, a debt counsellor said on Tuesday.

"In many cases small businesses have had to close their doors and are facing a bleak future with creditors hounding them for payment full well knowing that they are as much victims of the strike as the miners themselves," Debt Rescue CEO Neil Roets said in a statement.

Small and medium-sized businesses in Rustenburg and surrounding areas were facing a gloomy future. The number of people applying for debt counselling had more than tripled at Debt Rescue's Rustenburg branch because debt collectors were threatening to seize their belongings.

"Most of the people approaching us for help are now more than three months behind in their payments and their creditors are demanding payment," he said.

"Many have been threatened with immediate legal action and going under debt review is the only way to secure their property and prevent further legal action to be taken against them."

Roets said the strike had also affected business people in the Eastern Cape, where many of the miners had been remitting their salaries to their families.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union at Lonmin, Impala Platinum, and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

The strike has cost the companies about R14.4 billion in revenue and workers have lost over R6.4bn in earnings.

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staalin

Mathunjwa who is paying you how much zuma zuma to keep the people on strike?

May 14, 2014 7:17 | 0 replies

Mbongo

Actually, the question should be Whos interests is Mr Mathunjwa is he serving, because he is not serving the interest of the workers and the country. He wants to make sure that he destroys South Africa economically. ANC, take lleadership on this issue. It is high time now that we do away with this AMCU thing. Since this organisation came, there has been chaos in the mining industry. If it needs that AMCU leadership is jailed for what they are doing, let it be. To our poor miners who are continously used by these thugs, please wake-up. I understand that you dont know nitty gritty of the politics of this industry but you should know by now that you are letting SA down.

May 14, 2014 7:46 | 1 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Mr Mathunjwa continues to get paid his salary - while he encourages the AMCU members to remain on strike - regardless of the effect on the strikers and their families..........He is a disgrace to this country.

May 14, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies

Limbane

When the rich rob the poor its called BUSINESS. When the poor fight back its called violence!! The media becomes a powerful tool to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent and the aim is to control the minds of the masses.

May 14, 2014 7:52 | 7 replies

staalin

Mathinjwa is getting money from these poor miners, what are they getting in return? They are being intimidated. The miners need a secret ballot or vote. Last strike Anglo wanted to retrench a whole lot of people because operations were not profitable. Shabangu negotiated to keep them employed. This is all the justification the mine needs to retrench workers

May 14, 2014 8:1 | 0 replies

Limbane

The resources belong to the African people because Apartheid legacy of cheap labour, these western companies conniving with the black buorgeoisie, brainwashed,white minded, middle-class minority who are ashamed of black and dont want to be identified with the black masses continue to suppress the needs of of the black man. In Zimbabwe they are agreed to 51/49% and here they protected.

May 14, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies

MommaC

Limbane - Do you really think that the miners in Zim are better off than ours are?

May 14, 2014 8:39 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

@Limbane - So go work as a miner in Zimbabwe then. South African miners are the highest paid in Africa. The unions we have in our country, just dont have a clue.

May 14, 2014 8:40 | 0 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

@Limbane - The only one controlling minds is AMCU......If the foreign strikers don't like South Africa's mines - they can return to the mines in their own countries......AMCU's bosses continue to earn their salaries regardless.

May 14, 2014 8:52 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor2

This Limbane guy is shamelessy clueless. Mfwethu, wake up. AMCU is seatling it own scores with NUM and ANC etc. Miners are caught in crossfire. These people who are dying are fathers and husbands. Wake-up, because this is a loosing battle for miners who are going to loose jobs and lot of moneys. SA is not a banana republic as you would like to think. We have laws that govern all industries and mining is no exemption. Go back to work and settle the matter over the table, even approach courts instead. Remember, as you fight, blacks are killing other blacks and white owners and black unionists are continuing with their lavish lifesyles.

May 14, 2014 12:24 | 0 replies

Limbane

To CharlesTaylor2 just clueless like I am. The main problem with you,you are busy defending Buffalo man and these demagogues usurping the country wealth. Whatever is happening in that area, your hands have got blood just like them. Those people are asking for a R12500 whilst the top management is getting a whooping R72 million with your Buffalo man. This loose talk behaving like a brainy person, it shows how shallow minded you are. In short you are in cahoot with the thieves.

May 14, 2014 2:22 | 0 replies

child4real

And its still early , they haven't cried yet, I think I heard that the Northwest province voted the anc more than anybody else....and the anc can't rescue them....look who is laughing now.

May 14, 2014 7:59 | 0 replies

child4real

And we will only vote now in many more years to come,the useless government is here to stay not unless they will vote for a change in the municipal elections.

May 14, 2014 8:7 | 0 replies

MommaC

We don't have unions, we have mob gangs!

May 14, 2014 8:11 | 0 replies

imfene

Shut the mines down. Blow the shafts and machinery. Overseas investors and the mining companies have pulled out with no new mines and shafts in South Africa in the last 10 years. Present investors are government and local pension funds. If South Africans are so stupid to allow Mugabe and Chinese to run the country, so be it. Close the mines down and blow the shafts and machinery.

May 14, 2014 8:23 | 0 replies

Tabeya

These stupid miners should just forget about the R12 500 salary coz they'll never taste it. Wat they should be doing now is to humble themselves and go back to work for the sake of their families to survive and they should just get rid of uMathunjwa becos yena seems to be living comfortably with no hassles. Aag man enough now!!! Hao

May 14, 2014 8:27 | 0 replies

Mshovekamnandi

I blame ramaphosa

May 14, 2014 8:45 | 2 replies

child4real

Exactly and the so called'' sufferers are the ones who voted out of change opportunity and are the ones who shall suffer the most. They will suffer the most those fools. We should all laugh at them.

May 14, 2014 9:1 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor2

As the poor blacks continues to hack and kill one another, white owners and unionists are comfortably floating in their luxury life styles.

May 14, 2014 12:27 | 0 replies

Limbane

The best is to close down these mines and enact new laws for mining with new terms.The Govt is suppose to protect African people.

May 14, 2014 8:45 | 6 replies

child4real

But your African people do not care for the governemnt.

May 14, 2014 9:5 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Limbane - Yeah, a government is supposed to protect its people... But this is the ANC afterall.

May 14, 2014 9:20 | 0 replies

Swordfish

@Limbane - I suggest you stop talking about mines and new laws as I am certain that you don't know what you are talking about. The government is making a huge profit from this mines (if they wanted to help they would have intervened long time ago, so they are not interested) and as for protecting African people I guess the same African people voted for this current leadership and they fully deserve this

May 14, 2014 10:30 | 0 replies

Limbane

@Swordfish Do you call this elections? even the blind can see.

May 14, 2014 11:51 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor2

ANC will not be scapegoat for stupid people who choose to hack and kill each other instead of bringing their issues on the table so they can be discussed for solutions. AMCU is just seetling it political scores with NUM, using poor uninformed miners. Government cannot change mining policy because of few AMCU individuals trying to settle their issues. AMCU can't boss around the government. 80% of mines across the country are still properly functional. let us wait and see the end.

May 14, 2014 12:32 | 0 replies

Limbane

To CharlesTaylor2 just clueless like I am. The main problem with you,you are busy defending Buffalo man and these demagogues usurping the country wealth. Whatever is happening in that area, your hands have got blood just like them. Those people are asking for a R12500 whilst the top management is getting a whooping R72 million with your Buffalo man. This loose talk behaving like a brainy person, it shows how shallow minded you are. In short you are in cahoot with the thieves.

May 14, 2014 2:4 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Just close down the mines. Let more than 500,000 people and their families go without income.

May 14, 2014 8:51 | 1 replies

CharlesTaylor2

Mine owners will decide that, ANC and the government is not going to interfere in matters between private company and its employees. Government will intervene only when human rights of SAns are infringed, as military will be sent to patrol the area and bring into justice all implicated in violence.

May 14, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies