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Zuma appeals to gold sector to find solution

President Jacob Zuma has urged parties in the gold mining sector to reach a wage agreement soon.
Gold mining companies, represented by the chamber, offered a basic increase of 6.5% for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators. (Reuters)
Gold mining companies, represented by the chamber, offered a basic increase of 6.5% for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators. (Reuters)
          

“Government can only appeal to parties to find a solution. I don’t think we can tell the management of the mine ‘accept what the workers are saying’, nor can we tell the workers [that],” Zuma told editors at a breakfast briefing in Pretoria.

“We just appeal that the two parties must find one another because a protracted strike is not helpful to the country nor to the industry itself.”

Zuma was responding to a question on what government would do to intervene in the potentially damaging strike in the gold sector set to start on Tuesday evening.

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