Lonmin hopes to make peace with striking Marikana workers

28 August 2012 (Last Updated August 28th, 2012 18:30)

Platinum mining company Lonmin is making renewed efforts to restart operations at the volience-striken Marikana mine in South Africa.

Platinum mining company Lonmin is making renewed efforts to restart operations at the violence-stricken Marikana mines in South Africa.

The company's management met with representatives of the striking workers and the South African Council of Churches on 27 August 2012 to reach an amicable settlement.

According to a company statement, workers are seeking further discussions to ensure clarity and future terms of reference that addresses their concerns.

"Lonmin's management is committed to this process and its absolute focus in the coming days will be to reach a peace accord, under the auspices of the Department of Labour, which allows for a peaceful return to work and an environment in which the concerns of all stakeholders can be addressed," said the statement.

Attendance at the mine has dropped to 13% this week, forcing the company to temporarily halt operations.

Despite the company's initiative to hold discussions, miners were unsure of returning to work, with several groups trying to prevent workers from resuming duty, reported the BBC.

Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey told the broadcaster, "Employees are waiting for the environment to be safe. Groups of people are walking around intimidating people who come onto the property."

According to the spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Moses Dlamini, recent investigations into the strike and killings have revealed that some miners were assaulted in police custody.