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Victory for Marikana miners

25 September 2012
Elated platinum miners at the Marikana mine in South Africa returned to work on Thursday of last week, ending a bitter six-week wildcat strike.

Marikana miners to return to work after accepting 22 percent

19 September 2012
Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa say they will return to work on Thursday morning after accepting a new offer from British-owned mining company Lonmin.

South Africa cops attack miners as fight spreads

18 September 2012
Platinum miners in Marikana, South Africa, protested outside Lonmin’s mine compound on Monday of this week, despite a police crackdown the previous weekend.

Marikana strike spreads to Amplats platinum mine

13 September 2012
Striking Lonmin platinum miners from Marikana in South Africa have picketed out workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), South Africa’s largest platinum mining company.

Defiant Marikana miners march again on Lonmin bosses

05 September 2012
Some 3,000 striking platinum miners at Marikana in South Africa have marched back to the mine today, Wednesday, and are currently confronting management.

Marikana miners refuse to be cowed by South African state

04 September 2012
Security guards at Modder East gold mine near Johannesburg shot four miners on a wildcat strike with rubber bullets on Monday of this week. One is in critical condition.

Outrage at plan to charge miners with 'murder' of their colleagues

29 August 2012
The South African state is threatening to charge some 270 Lonmin platinum miners arrested at the time of the Marikana massacre with murder. In an outrageous twist they would be charged with the killing of the 34 colleagues who were gunned down beside them.

Marikana: Political crisis breaks out inside the ruling ANC

28 August 2012
Platinum miners at Marikana last week reoccupied the hill that, just days earlier, had been the scene of the police massacre that killed 34 strikers.

Marikana miners' strike defies police brutality and the bosses

28 August 2012
South African police followed their massacre of striking miners with beatings in prison, while bosses have threatened strikers with the sack—yet the struggle continues, writes Ken Olende

Letters

28 August 2012
Marikana massacre reminds me of apartheid | Atos | The tragedy of drowning refugees

Marikana: Workers fighting back deserve our support

21 August 2012
The massacre of striking workers in South Africa is not simply a human tragedy. It shows what can happen when the logic of capitalism remains, even in a society that has emerged out of momentous uprisings from below.

South Africa's dashed hopes of liberation

21 August 2012
In the misty early morning of 27 April 1994 I stood in a township near the city of Johannesburg to watch an extraordinary event. Black people, oppressed and spurned for decades, were lining up to vote for the first time.

The brutal history of South Africa's platinum industry

21 August 2012
Gavin Capps looks at how platinum has taken centre stage in South Africa’s mining industry—and how workers have paid the cost

The truth behind the Marikana Massacre

21 August 2012
34 South African miners shot down by police in cold blood

How police planned and carried out the massacre at Marikana

21 August 2012
Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope and Peter Alexander investigate the scene of the killing

London protest against massacre of strikers in South Africa

18 August 2012
Some 70 people gathered in central London to protest at the massacre of at least 34 striking miners in South Africa

Slaughter at South Africa's Marikana mine: the bloody politics of platinum

17 August 2012
Striking South African mineworkers were gunned down by police on Thursday. Charlie Kimber looks at events leading up to the massacre—and the business interests behind it

London Recruits: Thrilling tale of students who battled apartheid

24 April 2012
In 1967 a little-known chapter in the history of the anti-apartheid movement began. Radical students from London universities, mostly socialists, travelled to South Africa to take part in illegal activities against the regime.

Durban climate conference: a bitter disappointment

15 December 2011
The United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, have ended. Evil has been done on a scale that is hard to grasp.

Thousands march in Durban against climate Cop-out

06 December 2011
The UN climate negotiations—the Conference of Parties, or ‘the Cop'—in Durban, South Africa, are deciding to do nothing about climate change for many years to come.

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