The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa has suspended a proposed strike at JIC Mining following a fresh wage offer from the company.

The strike was planned to begin on 31 October to demand a hike in pay from ZAR2000 ($286) per month to ZAR3000 ($429) per month, reports Reuters.

The drilling and blasting services company has offered ZAR2900 ($415) per month according to union official Mxhasi Sthethi.

“The company has made some consensus regarding the wage demand and the strike action has been suspended pending the process of seeking a new mandate from members,” Sthethi said.

The strike could have affected drilling at Impala Platinum, an Xstrata operation in the Limpopo province, and Royal Bafokeng’s Resimone platinum mine.