'I came here to salute those Marikana heroes who fought for us'


By KokaM@arena.africa (Mpho Koka)

Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli attended the event and rendered a poem in commemoration of the slain mineworkers. 

Despite earning between R12,000 and R14,000, with the last increase implemented last year, some workers still demand more and have cited the rising cost of living as a reason for demanding better pay. 

Alakhe Matshata, 40, has been working at Sibanye for 15 years, and says her salary is not enough to take care of her family.

Matshata works as a general worker and lives in Marikana with her unemployed husband and two children aged six and four.

She earns roughly R12,000, a substantial increase from her salary of  R8,000.

From her salary, she pays a car instalment, buys food and pays school fees for her children.

Matshata had a stall where she sold fruit, fat cakes, sweets, biscuits and cold drinks at the event. 

“I do not earn a lot of money. I have a lot of expenses. Things are expensive nowadays. This business boosts us. I came here to sell so that I can make a lot of money,” said Matshata.

With the money she makes from selling, she buys extra food.

“If it happens that I run out of tomatoes at home, I know that I can use money from my business to buy more.”

High-profile figures such as advocate Dali Mpofu, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and OneSA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane were in attendance. 

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa delivered the keynote address.

Source: TimesLIVE

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