‘Enough work done’ to resolve South Africa mines strike – minister

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PRETORIA – mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Saturday he had “done enough work” mediating between AMCU union and world’s top three platinum firms and he believed two sides would resolve a five-month strike talks on Monday.

“I think reason will prevail on Monday and we’ll get a solution,” he told a news conference, adding he had seen both sides giving ground their demands.

However, he also made it clear an agreement to end longest mining strike history not guaranteed.

“We can take them to river, but we can’t make them drink,” he said.

Ramatlhodi added the government would pull of mediation if the two sides did not reach an agreement.

“I’m hoping the parties can run the last stretch and take us of the quagmire,” he said.

of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin in January demanding their basic wages be more than doubled to 12,500 rand ($1,200) a month.

The union has so far rejected from the company and those proposed by a government team mediating the , dashing hopes of an immediate end to a strike that has halted mines that normally account for 40 percent of global platinum output.

The strike has also hit wider economic output in Africa’s most advanced economy, pushing it into contraction in the first quarter of this year. (Reuters)