Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.
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Co-workers and relatives of 34 miners shot dead by South African police during a violent wage strike gather on Friday in Marikana to mark the first anniversary of the deaths. Police opened fire on thousands of strikers at platinum producer Lonmin’s mine, northwest of Johannesburg.
Children play in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana. On August 16, 2012, police at the mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase.