I saw dozens of bodies lying in front of me.— Gia Niccolaides, EWN
Lonmin has converted most hostels into family accommodation. But, in doing so, they’re able to accommodate far fewer people than before.— David van Wyk
The living conditions of our employees are not something I am proud of.— Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin
It’s been four years since the Marikana massacre - the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, EWN’s Gia Niccolaides and researcher David van Wyk.
Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.
I remember clearly the events of four years ago…— Gia Niccolaides, EWN
Some of those miners moved towards the police and that was when chaos erupted.— Gia Niccolaides, EWN
The first shots were fired just before 4.00pm.— Gia Niccolaides, EWN
Police were trying to get us out of the area while the paramedics were picking up the bodies.— Gia Niccolaides, EWN
The workers are perhaps exactly where they were before in terms of the buying power of the rand.— David van Wyk
We should’ve looked at the mining industry as a whole. The scope of the Farlam Commission should have been wider.— David van Wyk
The issue of housing should be addressed throughout the mining industry.— David van Wyk
Living in squalor contributes to tension and conflict.— David van Wyk
Shebeens are the only recreation in the informal settlements around the mines.— David van Wyk
The squalor is the result of collective bargaining back in the 1990s.— Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin
The kids of the miners who died are all in school. We’re proud of our efforts there.— Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin
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