October 15, 2012 / 12:12 PM / 5 years ago

Striking S.Africa gold miners refuse to return to work

Striking platinum mineworkers dance as they leave a report back meeting on negotiations at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, August 29, 2012.Mike Hutchings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Striking South African gold miners have refused the industry's latest pay rise offer despite an extended deadline to respond, the Chamber of Mines said on Monday, dimming hopes that the illegal strike in the industry will come end anytime soon.

"The unions have indicated that there have been mixed reactions by their members to the Chamber's proposals, and that they are unable to confirm a return to work," it said in a statement.

The chamber also said the industry was unable to make any further proposals and companies in the sector, which include AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony, would explore other avenues to stabilise the industry.

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