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Violence shakes South African mining sector

Recent conflict between striking miners and the security services have created an uneasy atmosphere in the South African mining industry. Earlier this year, the National Union of Mineworkers launched a campaign for a monthly wage of R16,000 (US$1,840), far more than the current average of about R5,000 a month. That triggered a number of wildcat strikes at many mines, some of which resulted in violent clashes.
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In the most shocking instance, 34 miners were killed and 78 injured when police opened fire at the Marikana platinum mine, possibly in response to the killing of two policemen in August.

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