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S.Africa admits Marikana errors, vows new approach on mines

Striking platinum miners gather at in Marikana as they wait to receive news on an ending strike proposed deal on June 12, 2014 in Marikana, South AfricaSouth Africa’s new mining minister admitted on Wednesday that the government could have handled better the strike that led to the killing of 34 mineworkers in Marikana two years ago. The massacre after violent clashes with the police at the Lonmin platinum mine, north of Johannesburg during a work stoppage, has widely been compared to apartheid-era atrocities. Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he hoped there would never be a repeat of the killings and vowed to take a different approach to the country’s vital but troubled mining sector. “We will do whatever we can in the long term to contribute towards the alleviation of the pain,” he said on the sidelines of an annual mining conference just three days before the second anniversary of the bloodshed.

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