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Lonmin urges miners back to work after Marikana deaths

18 August 2012 Last updated at 15:05 BST

Lonmin has told workers "we need to get mining again" after staff were killed at Marikana platinum mine during clashes between police and strikers.

Some 34 people were shot dead on Thursday when police opened fire on strikers armed with clubs and machetes.

Tensions over Lonmin's relationship with rival trade unions spilled over into violent protests.

Simon Scott, the finance director of Lonmin, told the BBC's Victoria Phenethi the incident was "tragic", but "beyond our control".