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US-SAFRICA-MINES:Lonmin strikers accept pay offer
MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) - Striking miners at Lonmin's Marikana platinum in South Africa accepted a company offer of a 22 percent overall pay increase to end more than five weeks of crippling and bloody industrial action.
Workers gathered at a soccer pitch near the Marikana mine cheered when they were informed of the 22 percent offer, and said they would return to work on Thursday.
(Reporting by Mish Molakeng; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Ed Stoddard)