More than 1,000 black goldminers have left their jobs in South Africa after three days of riots in which at least six died.
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Mine shaft at Buffelsfontein with striking workers standing around.
GV PAN ZOOM IN TO SV Administrative building damage in riots.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Smashed windows with black workers standing outside. (5 SHOTS)
GV Police vehicle outside mine.
GV PAN & SVs Mineshaft with workers outside and spent teargas cannisters used in previous night's riots lying on ground. (5 SHOTS)
SVs Riot police patrolling area with guns and two-way radios. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Buffelsfontein Eastern Hostel plaque, black workers standing in groups outside. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: More than 1,000 black goldminers have left their jobs in South Africa after three days of riots in which at least six died. The rioting was sparked off by new pay scales which give a better percentage to underground workers than to surface employees. The trouble began to West Driefontein mine on July 1 and spread to the mines at Buffelsfontein, Stillfontein and Grootvlei. Black workers in their thousands stoned cars and set fire to offices and other buildings. Armed police used dogs, teargas, and a helicopter to quell the disturbances. At Buffelsfontein mine 328 rioters were arrested, then more than 300 men left their jobs. Mine spokesmen report that the mines are now quiet but they cannot yet estimate how much production has been lost. The black workers' wage riots came as white miners prepared to vote on strike action later in the same week after their union rejected a nine per cent pay offer.