After a week of protest at Marikana, Lonmin hopes that through engagement with the community it will be able to reopen its shafts and resume work today. Lonmin has so far lost R40-million in production . Shafts E2 and E3, which were shut down on May 2, produce about 4000 tons of platinum group metals a day - coming to a loss of about 28000 tons in a week. Spokeswoman Wendy Tlou said Lonmin was monitoring the situation. If protests had indeed stopped and it was safe for employees, operations would resume today. Protesting Bapo Ba Mogale community members were demanding that the third-largest platinum miner in the world employ more than 1000 people from the community. Vladimir Mogale, a spokesman for the community, said after a meeting on Thursday that calm had been restored after violence and vandalising of property. The protests had been stopped on the promise of continued engagement with Lonmin. "There are repercussions to staying away from work, there are repercussions for Lonmin ...

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