Mine minister vows to end strike

Johannesburg - South Africa's new mines minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Wednesday that the deadlock in the country's crippling 18-week platinum strike would soon be broken as movement has been made on both sides.

Ramatlhodi, sworn in on Monday, has appointed a government team to try and resolve the wage stoppage by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at the world's top platinum producers.

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: Timothy Bernard. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The team will meet the parties on Thursday.

Ramatlhodi also told Reuters in an interview that his other priorities included a possible review of the country's “mining charter”, which imposes a number of targets on the industry, including one that calls for 26 percent black ownership by 2014. - Reuters