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The South African gold sector strike seems likely to end today as NUM takes the revised offer to workers, writes Vicky Sidler.

The Chamber of Mines made a revised offer to The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), although details of the offer have not yet been announced. Nevertheless, the union has admitted that the gold producers have presented an offer worth consideration.

“I’m unable to say if it is close or far to what we demanded,” says Lesiba Seshoka, NUM spokesperson. “The strike committee meeting is underway to evaluate it and decide if we take it to the members or reject it outright.”

“We are still consulting with them, there is no decision yet, but we are quite hopeful that by the end of today we may have a decision.”

Meanwhile, two gold mines have already successfully negotiated with the striking workers. On Wednesday, NUM and the United Association of SA accepted the offer by Evander Gold and Village Main Reef of an 8% increase in basic wages for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators and 7.5% increase in basic wages for category six to eight employees, including miners, artisans, and officials.

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