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S.Africa govt in final bid to help end platinum strike

Striking miners hold sticks as they dance and sing during a protest against their labour conditions, in the Wonderkop stadium in Marikana, South Africa, on May 14, 2014The world’s largest platinum producers and striking South African miners were holding last-ditch talks under government mediation Monday in a bid to end a crippling five-month strike. Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who in recent days injected fresh impetus into the stalled talks, said that Monday’s negotiations were the last his meditators would be involved in. Ministry spokesman Mahlodi Muofhe would not be drawn on the state of the talks Monday apart from telling AFP “we believe that they are talking to each other in good terms”. After months of standing on the sidelines, the government stepped in at the end of May to try break the deadlock between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the platinum mining firms.

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