Marikana mineworkers are looking forward to the commemoration of the massacre in which they lost dozens of their colleagues seven years ago despite looming job cuts.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will hold the gathering, which attracts thousands of miners, on Friday at the koppie and open field where police shot and killed 34 striking Lonmin employees on August 16, 2012.
In the days leading up to the massacre 10 police officers, security guards and striking and non-striking mineworkers were brutally murdered.
Lonmin, which was bought by Sibanye Gold in June, has effectively declared August 16 a public holiday.
Rock drill operator Mponeng Mofokeng told Independent Media on Thursday that he would wake up early to get ready to hear what Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa has to say about the industry facing huge job cuts.
“We are all worried hence we want to listen to what he has to say,” said Mofokeng.