Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa
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Lonmin miners in South Africa 'to go back to work'

Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa are due to return to work on Thursday, ending a violent six week dispute.

The deal reached with the company, Lonmin, is said to include a 22% pay increase. Workers cheered when they heard the offer.

Workers had rejected an earlier one, describing it as an insult. In August police opened fire on demonstrators at the mine, killing 34 workers.

The strike is said to have cost the country's mining sector $548m (£337m) in lost production.

Milton Nkozi reports from Johannesburg.

  • 18 Sep 2012
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