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The Ratcatcher
20 August 2012

The media fails to verify a critical fact about the Marikana strike

In the writing and commentary on last week's murderous strike - and the subsequent police massacre - at Lonmin's Marikana mine a certain fact has been endlessly repeated. This is that the Rock Drill Operators (RDOs) who are, apparently, at the core of the strike were only paid R4 000 per month by Lonmin, and were demanding R12 500.

This claim seems to have been first made in a news agency report on Tuesday August 14. On that day Sapa reported that "Striking miners vowed on Tuesday to stay at the top of a hill in Wonderkop, near Lonmin's Marikana mine, until their pay was pushed up to R12,500 a month. They claimed they were being paid R4000 per month, and those living outside the hostel R5000."

The source for this report appeared to be one Alfred Makhaya from the Eastern Cape. He told Sapa "He had been working for Lonmin for over eight years and was being paid R4000 a month. He was forced to leave the hostel to rent a room so he could have an extra R1000."

At some point in the next few days this claim by one - or more - of the strikers seems to have hardened into accepted fact through the sheer weight of repetition. On Friday, August 17, Justice Malala wrote in a comment piece for the Guardian (UK) that "AMCU dangled a fat piece of fruit in front of the workers' eyes: rock drillers (who are the core of this strike and do the hardest work underground) earning R4,000 a month were promised R12,500 a month."

On Saturday (August 18 2012) the Guardian's Africa correspondent David Smith reported that the strikers "are demanding from Lonmin, whose HQ is in London, a wage increase from 4,000 rand (£300) to 12,500 rand a month." He also repeated - credulously, given the strict laws and agreements which govern such matters - the unlikely claim of one Siphiwo Gqala, 25, who "said he sometimes spends up to 14 hours a day underground but does not receive overtime pay."

On Saturday evening the Daily Maverick ran an article by Sipho Hlongwane and Greg Marinovich based, partly, on an interview with someone living in the local Wonderkop shantytown who said he was a rock drill operator. They reported, after checking his wage slip, "His basic pay for the month is R4,365.90 - add to that a R1,850 housing allowance, benefits and some bonus pay and his gross pay is around R8,124.80. After his union fees, unemployment insurance, other fund contributions and tax, his take-home pay is just over R5,000."

This reality check - that the gross pay at least of rock drill operators was twice as high as reported - seems to have passed unnoticed.

In an in depth analysis in City Press on Sunday (August 19) Lucas Ledwaba wrote that the goal of the strikers was "a monthly salary of R12 500" and that "more than 3 000 rock drillers - the men who earn just R4 000 a month digging for platinum underground for eight hours every working day" had downed their tools on the previous Friday. Reuters also repeated this claim stating: "Platinum sells for about $1,440 an ounce but a worker drilling underground at tonnes of rock face to extract it makes less than $500 a month."

On Monday David Smith repeated the claim that "the 3,000 striking rock drillers are demanding their wages be trebled from 4,000 rand (£306) a month to 12,500 rand a month. In comparison, Lonmin's chief executive Ian Farmer, who is currently seriously ill in hospital, collected pay and bonuses of £1.2m last year."

This "fact" has also underpinned British commentary on the strike and massacre. In a blog post for the Guardian Michael White wrote: "The 3,000 striking miners have been demanding a tripling of their 4,000-rand-a-month (£306) salary from Lonmin, the London-based mine owner." Meanwhile Alistar Osborne, Business Editor of the Daily Telegraph, commented: "Maybe there are queues of wannabe rock drillers, lining up for dangerous eight hour shifts with a 25kg tool right at the rock face - labouring for the princely sum of £305 a month."

It was left, not to a journalist, but to Solidarity deputy general secretary Gideon du Plessis to go and find out the actual figures. In a statement issued on Monday he reported "The adjusted total cost package of a Lonmin rock drill operator is approximately R10 500 a month, excluding bonuses." He added that "the rock drill operators and their representative union, Amcu, did not submit written demands nor declare a wage dispute, which is the norm in a process of collective bargaining."

In response to a separate query from Politicsweb Lonmin's Mark Munroe Executive Vice President of Mining, basically confirmed these amounts. He stated: "Lonmin's Rock Drill Operators earn in the region of R10,000 per month without bonus's and over R11,000 including bonus's. These levels are in line with those of our competitors and are before the wage hike of some 9% which will come into effect on 1 October 2012."

If this increase applies to the whole compensation package it would push gross earnings - with and without bonuses - to between R11 000 and R12 000 per month. The net income of rock drill operators may well be considerably less than this - after deductions - but this is the cost to company.

One has to ask why no-one in the world's media appear seem to have bothered to verify the R4 000 figure - or others they were given by disgruntled protestors - with either Lonmin or the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), both of whom would have had it at hand. Given the critical nature of this information for any analysis of the strikers demands it seems like a very basic mistake.

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'Facts"
Typical rubbish journalism! Nobody bothers to get to thetruth anymore.. Sensation is never so good when the facts are considered.

by CA Bez on August 21 2012, 03:10
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Why not compare to what Police, Teachers and Social Workers earn?
No one is doing that either! Those salaries are lower if I have been correctly informed. But the spokesperson for Amcu on SAFM said that the claim that they were asking for R12,500 was ALSO false- that was a figure for a few years in the future not now

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 03:46
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Take home inadequate
Your argument makes no sense. Were they striking for a take-home increase or a gross net pay? whether you earn R10 000, at the end of the day the take home is inadequate.

by Andiswa on August 21 2012, 04:30
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Fact and ......
. Just how much of the info fed to the nation is fiddled or manipulated? How many workers have their minds manipulated?Do they know the maths concept of "per cent"? Most importantly, why did the employer keep mum on the subject of misrepresentation, if . .more

by tzME on August 21 2012, 04:38
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Media mediocrity
What do you expect from the media? The truth?
Are you living in cloud cuckoo land?
Whether a deliberate distortion of the facts or mere slap-gat reporting or ignorance, the effects are unfortunately the same....the creation of falsehood...a lie! . .more

by Basil on August 21 2012, 04:41
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Rockdrillers actually Union Pawns?
Nobody has taken the case of the thieving Unions to task for being the real cause of the trouble thru sheer greed. They are quick to incite members to strike, while they never do as they make millions from union activities, on the backs of poorly . .more

by Realist in ZA on August 21 2012, 04:59
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Apples and Oranges
You've figured out the cost to company, but we all know the cost to company isn't your salary. What you actually earn can be 50% less. So I don't see your argument. Personally it makes sense to hear it from the ground, with the employee saying I earn X . .more

by Nick on August 21 2012, 05:09
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@Nick
so what's YOUR point? Half of 12 500 is about 6 - this is till more than R4 000. The big question, it seems to me, is where the R4k came from? and was every one out there a bona fide rock driller? anyway, the rat catcher's point about the media-aah is . .more

by Jeremy Gordin on August 21 2012, 06:10
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you want the truth?
Unfortunately you are not going to get it.
In cases like this truth is a back seat passenger when there are so many vested interests all jockeying for position.
Oh, do not fear, the truth is out there and some will even tell it to you.
But . .more

by Plutarch on August 21 2012, 06:22
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Earnings
I dont know what these guys earn. What I do know though, is the political parties around this are trying to earn political ponts on the bodies of the dead, as is one Julias Malema. This is the sickness of our politicians!

by Tony on August 21 2012, 06:50
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The Gaurdian UK
It seems that The Guardian UK can't be trusted - how they got it wrong again....

by S on August 21 2012, 07:17
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What are the issues then?
So why are the rockdrilles on strike? What are the issues? Must be pretty grim to work all day underground and then come up and go and rest in a baking/freezing shack, depending on the seasons.

by Acid Mind on August 21 2012, 07:22
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Deductions?
How much is deducted from the rock drillers earnings and for what - and what is the 'considerably less' the workers are left with?

by Delia on August 21 2012, 07:30
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The Truth
Fact is their death was uncalled for. Nobody gets murdered for misquoting some figures.

For you information, the R 4000 is an average of their take home salary. They don't care about CTC. They are fighting for a living WAGE (take . .more

by The Truth on August 21 2012, 07:33
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The Truth
Sipho Hlongwane's pay slip makes the same point the strikers are making.

This impromptu investigative journalism being alluded to here should get to the root of why this massacre was not avoided? Why did the Police use such brutal force?

by The Truth on August 21 2012, 07:46
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lets face reality
a rock driller everyday holds wealth in his hands yet goes home to poverty that sucks

by mzala on August 21 2012, 07:47
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300%
The ratcatcher buying power is whats making the difference in the pocket of the ordinary man. Anyway if you say their earnings are more than R4000.00 then the employer should not have a problem cause than actual percentage increase demand is lower than . .more

by RatCatcher on August 21 2012, 07:59
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re :The Truth
is it lomnin's fault that the governments tax burden is so high that R12,500 is no longer considered a living wage ??

by me on August 21 2012, 08:04
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@Nick
Playing devil's advocate? ("Nick" geddit?!)

What you earn IS cost to company. You see, the real cost to company is even larger, as they also have floor space, yearly parties, wellness programmes, etc as further costs.

The fact that . .more

by E. on August 21 2012, 08:07
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How workers view their pay
Now that we have children ( of all ages) and ideologues writing for our main newspapers, people who report anything from any source as gospel without checking and cross-checking ( as I was taught) it is not surprising that rock drillers claiming they . .more

by Benjamin Blair on August 21 2012, 08:34
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Why don't

they get the sangomas to make the heavens rain R1 000 notes?

by mike on August 21 2012, 08:36
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Nonsense
Solidarity is full of nonsense they're laying to save their white brothers

by Mac on August 21 2012, 08:42
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African culture of distorted truth
The truth is that to tell a lie in Africa and get the people to believe you is regarded as being clever and cuning. People who do this are admired and those who are lied to are fools for believing. It is also regarded as betrayal to reveal that a person . .more

by Donkervliet on August 21 2012, 08:50
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Rock drillers take home salary
Even if this article is true, rock drillers are still WAY underpaid! This is extremely dangerous work, and carried out is most unpleasant circumstances. If one takes into account Lonmin's profit last year (this is AFTER expenses, taxes etc is US$ . .more

by Deon Pheiffer on August 21 2012, 08:52
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Maths or fooling around?
Is this Maths of fooling around?

by Rat on August 21 2012, 09:04
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Miners Pay
The updated information puts a different slant on the the issues. First, the drillers work is exceptionally hard and dangerous. But, since reference is made to other professions, teachers with four year qualifications - yes, without the danger (in most . .more

by THINKER on August 21 2012, 09:11
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Cost to company is what is important
Cost to company is what matters if your argument is going to be "How dare the company pay the workers so little!" Then it's irrelevant what the take-home is, but what is relevant is the cost to company.
It's not the company's fault that the take-home . .more

by John on August 21 2012, 09:32
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Deon Pheiffer - the new provider of capital!
Deon Pheiffer - let's see you mine and refine platinum then. Let's see you provide the capital for sinking a shaft and all that goes with it, which takes years before production can even begin, and then years before production is profitable, and then . .more

by John on August 21 2012, 09:37
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The more things change......
Praag website have published an article regarding Lonmin/Marikana. Apparently there is more to it than merely a few thousand armed miners. Some people/groups are getting away....

Apparently Cyril Ramaphosa is the middleman at the mine and he . .more

by Republican on August 21 2012, 09:42
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Well done
Good reporting, at least you did your homework. If I have my way I will close the mine, keep the platinum underground untill the price doubles. The miners can join the other unemployed millions

by Peter on August 21 2012, 09:57
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50 odd murders a day and how many rapes a day so we had a spike and murdered 84 in one day
This is terrible. One murder a day is terrible. Will they be able to control themselves in future from murdering and raping on a grand scale?

by Africa on August 21 2012, 10:07
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Pay misconception by striking miners....
The media is largely at fault for reporting incorrect information around this illegal strike.. reporting of this kind is highly irresponsible
and the editor should be reprimanded via a court action... Also the . .more

by A. Mphuti on August 21 2012, 10:20
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Ok
Your CTC is what you earn, they obviously have medical aids, pension, etc - taking home more money without these benefits actually will cost you more in the long run when you go to the doctors (pay cash) and when you retire (with nothing because you made . .more

by Point Blank on August 21 2012, 10:33
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10k a month for breaking rocks
Isnt that pretty good money compared to what a chinese vietnamese indian or other hardworking and productive unskilled asian worker would be getting.


by DavidJ on August 21 2012, 10:54
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@ A. Mphuti: Media Responsibility is Limited
The media did not get all facts right, not by a long way; but their reporting did not CAUSE that armed impi of 3000 to gather on the hillside and attempt to storm the mine, eventually to storm the police. So why should Editors be hauled before . .more

by Questor on August 21 2012, 11:18
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Does not need verification because it does not need to be true, just ask the CAPE TIMES
Despite the judge DISMISSING the rape defence during judgment, the Cape Times thought it appropriate to LEAD their paper with the claims made by a murderer that his victim gave him HIV during the rape that the judge found never took place. Talk about . .more

by Sad Days for SA press on August 21 2012, 11:31
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FACTS
at current platinum prices, half of south africas mning companies will shut down if they pay the rock drillers R12 000 (net)....FACT.
Unions are using people....FACT
Mining houses are compelled to protect NUM, even when it is evident they have . .more

by Lu on August 21 2012, 11:33
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@by Questor : Media Responsibility is Limited
Point taken>thanks for responding >>>>>> Abie

by A.Mphuti on August 21 2012, 11:48
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Wake-up call
This tragedy is a wake-up call on various levels, especially for reporters. It again underlines why we need a good, cynical and free press. Ancarchy thrives on lies.

by Tess on August 21 2012, 11:53
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Praag. No thanks!
Republican, if you think Praag is a reliable source, you'd probably also believe that muti can stop bullets.

by John on August 21 2012, 13:15
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Check your facts
"The media fails to verify a critical fact about the Marikana strike" - Incorrect! You're obviously listening to the wrong media. If you listen to Cape Talk you would know that the salaries of the workers have been discussed since the incident so how can . .more

by kuka article on August 21 2012, 14:09
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In Australia rock drillers are paid $110 000 pa
.

by Decent south african on August 21 2012, 14:11
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Expect strikes everywhere, especially police and civil service, if miners get overpaid
Strikes everywhere if Lohmin buckles in to unreasonable demands! Not that I know whether or not these demands are unreasonable yet - we still don't have accurate facts.

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 14:33
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@John
I never claimed the article on the Praag website was fact. I only mentioned it as an alternative perspective

I am only speculating like most other commentators.

I am not one of those who mindlessly believe 100% what the media (whether . .more

by Republican on August 21 2012, 14:48
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Little Cocophony in an embezzlement...
Throwing my cocophony in an embezzlement that already exists. The minimum wage of Rock Drillers in the country is around R4000 net, there's no lie about that. However remuneration packages vary with experience, education and skills. I have seen various . .more

by @SelloMaripane on August 21 2012, 15:43
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@by Decent south african:- Pay for Rock drillers in Australia
Soooooo, if the pay in Australia is 9166.66 Dollar p/m>.do you suggest the mines
should pay the miners in S.A. R 73333.28 per month????????

If this is the case you are not comparing Apples with Apples.....

by Manfred Schmidt on August 21 2012, 16:00
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Union Deductions appear part of the problem
I have been listening to the Parliamentary Debate, extracts of which will be repeated tomorrow at 8a.m. A point relating to this discussion - apparently the Unions make large deductions from wages including for investment schemes, for which workers say . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 16:08
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take note
Greedy, stupid and incompetent politicians, unionists, police, businesses, workers.......all these issues are prevalent in countries all over the world. Only in SA do we have 45 miners, policemen, etc, shot to death. The reason......is a complete lack of . .more

by voter on August 21 2012, 16:13
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Those shacks are not their homes if they are migrant workers!
Their homes, and probably also their wives and cows and children, will be in their Homelands. You can't expect the International Media to understand this- they show the shacks as proof of poverty!

Maybe staff housing owned by the mines would . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 18:16
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Who wrote this article? And what is the real issue?
Erm, apropos 'rubbish journalism' and not checking the facts, who exactly is the author of this piece? The Ratcatcher? Why hasn't s/he used his/her own name? Surely that's what any credible journalist or commentator would do?

More to the point: . .more

by Lee Cahill on August 21 2012, 18:18
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Dumb racists
Racists are really dumb people. Some commentators here are evidence of just how dumb they are. Cost to company is exactly what it says, Cost to company. Nick makes a really valid point and we also know that some companies will use labour brokers and thus . .more

by Aluta on August 21 2012, 19:43
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Rules for doing labour journalism in SA:
1. All business owners/management are greedy, overpaid and immoral.
2. Whenever a company issues a statement, treat it with suspicion and quote it as a "claim" or an "allegation".
3. Trade unionists are selfless, working tirelessly for the good of . .more

by Realist on August 21 2012, 20:04
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@Realist
I hear that Simon Scott of Lonmin mine apparantly blamed Apartheid, on SABC news, for the tragedy. Can someone here on Politicsweb please confirm or debunk these rumours.?

If this is true then these British jingo 's should be kicked out of the . .more

by Republican on August 21 2012, 20:43
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Cyril the money making machine
Coin security, contract at most of the mines. Owner Cyril Ramaphosa.
Labour broker at most of the mines. Owner Cyril Ramaphosa.
Must be time to post some of the mine workers payslipps. No more second hand guessing involve then

by One day at a time on August 21 2012, 22:06
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WORLDWIDE Migrant workers get TEMPORARY accomodation!
Sheep shearers in Australia live in sheds; Apple and Cherry pickers in Britain in Caravans; Mexican Migrant harvesters in the USA in trcks with tents. And oil riggers don't take wives with them! Which is WHY we had the hostel system in SA

by Lyndall Beddy on August 22 2012, 04:10
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Dual Black Homeland/SA citizenship is unsustainable!
And is leading to the abandonment of rural wives, while men take second town wives. We can't afford RDP houses for Citizens of Homelands who ALSO have rural homes!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 22 2012, 04:13
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Never let the facts get in the way of a good story
Can anyone tell me what the nett take home pay after taxes and deductions, a Lonmin rock driller earns?

by Jim Beam on August 22 2012, 07:43
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Lyndall Beddy is not an apartheid apologist

Lyndall Beddy is an apartheid promoter.

by Domza on August 22 2012, 08:14
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@ Lee Cahill
Lee Cahill - you are wrong. What you need to ask is what benefits the guys get as part of their total package. Without knowing that, you cannot make a judgement on whether the +/- R5 000 "take home pay" is adequate or not.

The simple fact is that . .more

by John on August 22 2012, 08:38
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FACTS
Rock drillers pay is definitely not R4000. i am speaking from the ground. i even have a payslip which i am tempted to share with the world.

by Lu on August 22 2012, 08:38
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Lonmin wages
Why let the facts get in the way of a 'juicy' story. newspapers are known to distort facts or sensationalise stories. some of us have been on the receiving end and the editors won't correct their lies unless you go to the ombudsman. glad some people at . .more

by Peter on August 22 2012, 10:29
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For as long as we have Patriarchial Homelands the ANC is propping up Apartheid
Domza

Why does gender equity not apply in the Transkei and Zululand? Why do they not have to have 50 percent Female Chiefs who can have multiple husbands? Why is 30 percent of their land not allocated to whites, coloureds and Indians?

by Lyndall Beddy on August 22 2012, 10:32
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Walking backwards to Christmas

Lyndall, you are not the most anachronistic person in the world. I know someone who is a sincere "Legitimist".

She is waiting and hoping for the reversal of the French Revolution and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy.

by Domza on August 22 2012, 11:24
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@ Domza
Well I would support the Restoration of the Stuart Monarchy in Scotland/England! Those Georgians only got it by stealth and the help of the Pope!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 22 2012, 11:31
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@ Domza
The trouble with Black Culture is that they have NOT had a French Revolution against their Tribal Chiefs and a system hundreds of years behind the times - thanks to the sentimental British giving them Homelands to "preserve their culture"!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 22 2012, 12:00
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The mind boggles

Personally, I would settle for the restoration of the Soviet Union and leave it at that.

by Domza on August 22 2012, 12:01
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What a throughly ridiculous argument. ...
... the average mine worker in South Africa is not terribly sophisticated. If he was, he'd be running his own business or working at a white collar job.

As far as he's concerned he earns what he nets or 'takes home'; everything else is . .more

by MW Solomon on August 22 2012, 23:20
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The ambulance staff who treated those miners............
......a basic ambulance attendant who works exclusively in the ambulance sector and not in the fire & rescue aspects as well probably takes home about the same as the miners(around R4000), except their Cost to Company is typically in the region of about . .more

by Nicole de Montille on August 23 2012, 08:24
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It costs to support 2 wives and 2 families
Many of those mines have 2 homes and 2 wives - a town wife and a rural wife!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 12:00
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Miners should have ONE Home and ONE permanent jobs!
Either they have their home in the city OR in the rural areas NOT both - it is a total waste of land and resources!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 12:12
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Do Town Wives Collude against Rural Wives?
They did, assisted by the Tribal Chiefs, in Zimbabwe (ref: "African Laughter").I don't see Rural wives, abandoned to farm without men, while the Town Wives get the cushy government jobs as gender equity!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 14:33
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WHY are our miners being employed by Labour Brokers?
That might explain why so many are foreigners - they are probably cheaper!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 14:36
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Patriarchy can only exist if an "Inner" Group of women collude!
Read biographies of the Suffrages - the womwn, wives and mothers of the "In" group of men, were the biggest problem. This sems to be happening in the ANC with the "City Women" colluding to keep Rural Wives in bondage. Or read the book "Escape" by Caroline . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 19:47
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Marikana Tradgedy
The real issue is ,what do our third world competitors pay their rockdrillers.?For instance China ,India and Chile. We have to compete against other countries. can ayone supply correct info.

by Derek Gage on August 25 2012, 08:26
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Marikana tradgedy
The real issue is what do our competitors in the Third World,pay their Rockdrillers , i.e.Russia India and Chile.

by Derek Gage on August 25 2012, 08:39
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@ Derek Gage
It is not only "how much do they earn compared to other 3rd world countries" but also "how productive is their labour compared to other 3rd world countries".

by Lyndall Beddy on August 25 2012, 11:44
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tragedy at lonmin
The fact that the police are going to be held accountable for the tradgedy at Lonmin is wrong. julius malema - a pathetic excuse for a human or animal he is a gready sod, the amcu union is who should have a murder charge against them.
first a rock . .more

by erica on August 26 2012, 07:54
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sa tragedy
this a complex issue and in the end evryone is to blame, maybe some more than others
1. the unions are busy with a power struggle for money and political power.
2. the police simply just panicked which is very easy to do under the circumstances . .more

by max geyer on August 26 2012, 18:15
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marikana tragedy is just an iceberg.
What the employers and the trade unions are doing lately, is to gang up and team up aginst the employees.for instance, in the company that I work for (elementsix) the workers here are also underpaid and we are trying by all means to get help from the . .more

by TpM on August 28 2012, 17:21
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lonmin issue a political tug of war
South Africans must now understand the game beeing played.Where on earth can workers get so much salary adjustment.South African workers are less skilled,less productive and lazy.Solution,get educated,get a descent job ,earn enough.

by edward,braeddy on August 31 2012, 20:27
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Comment by Lyndall
You are absolutely right our workers are less productive than other 3rd world countries and far more militant. This whole tradgedy has been stoked by the Unions and is going to cost many more job losses.

by Derek Gage on September 02 2012, 20:30
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Foreign workers nothing strange
Lyndall, foreign workers on South African mines has been common for decades, even as far back as the 1800s. It's nothing new.

by John on September 03 2012, 14:55
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Supply and demand
Low wages are also a function of the available labour pool. Lots of unemployed workers mean you can get them cheaper. It is unfortunate, but a reality of world economics. Had the ANC delivered on job creation then there would be more jobs available and . .more

by Andrew on September 06 2012, 07:31
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Miners
The mining componies affected have been lenient towards miners who embarked on an illiegal strike. The managers must stop beating arround the bush, for this strike to end there is only one solution. All illigally striking employees must be dismissed and . .more

by Ngaka M on September 14 2012, 16:32
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Real wages of Lonmin RDOs
Thanks for casting some light on this - and for on the appalling efforts of the international media to cover the story. However, even Lonmin (who have handled the crisis terribly and communicated incompetently) have got it wrong. According to their own . .more

by Dave Steward on September 17 2012, 10:48
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Lonmin Pay settlement
The wage settlement is going to have disatrous consequences. To reward people who went on strike illegally with a fat increase is going to have a ripple effect . We can expect a summer of discontent. More job losses,higher inflation.

by Derek Gage on September 19 2012, 12:33
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Salary
Check the salaries of rock driller in 1st world countries - they earn approximately $33 000 per annum calculated to approximately R22 000 p.m. Yet platinum prices are determined worldwide. So my question is why are South African Rock Drillers earning . .more

by Anonymous on October 01 2012, 13:59
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Salary
Rectification 3rd paragrph

"3rd World country nurses who has the same qualifications as the Western countparts earn less than them>

by Anonymous on October 01 2012, 14:03
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