It is said that history is a people’s memory. The events at and around Lonmin's Marikana mining operations that in 2012 culminated in a tragedy at Wonderkop in which 44 lives were lost, will be remembered as one of the most visibly traumatic events in our industry and country’s history.

We must never forget. As Prof Thuli Madonsela so eloquently put it during the Marikana memorial lecture in August last year, Marikana happened because we forgot to remember our country’s past and how the past influences the present. The way forward lies in mutual healing among all stakeholders, from that unjust and ugly past and the legacy it has left us...

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