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The specialised police units deployed in Marikana during labour unrest were given the means to kill striking miners, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.
South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said companies, the government and labor unions need to end disputes.
Lonmin said no agreement has been reached with its biggest union on forming a new recognition pact.
It was strange for police commander Maj-Gen Charl Annandale to claim he only heard of a second Marikana shooting 40 minutes after it occurred, the Farlam Commission heard.
Ten striking South African miners were taken to hospital after being hit by rubber bullets, police said.
Demand for platinum and palladium is strengthening as mining companies curb supply.
The rand declined for a ninth day, weakening to a four-year low.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has reviewed the testimony given several months ago by Brigadier Zephania Mkhwanazi.
Questions were raised as to why a top public order police official was not appointed to oversee the Marikana operation, the Farlam Commission heard.
The ANC has appealed to rival mining sector unions to stop killing each other and compete equally.
Senior police officer Lt-Col Duncan Scott has admitted to drawing up the plan to deal with striking Marikana miners last year.
The Chamber of Mines will meet unions to discuss proposed wage demands for 2013.
Rival unions NUM and Amcu must play by the rules when recruiting members, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said.
It's back to work at Rustenburg platinum mine, following a wildcat strike.
Upcoming wage talks with coal and gold produces could be among toughest ever.
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