A Mineworker’s Wage: The only argument against the R12 500 is greed.

If Marikana workers win their demand of R12 500 and this victory is generalised in the mining sector, the graph shows a tremendous decline in the sector’s wage gap to 135 to 1. Although still high, given the uniformly high executive pay in mining, the result is that it would bring the wage gap in line with other sectors.