UK Screening Tour and Lonmin Protest

In August 2017, Aliki Saragas (director/producer), Thumeka Magwangqana and Primrose Sonti (leaders of Sikhala Sonke and main characters in Strike a Rock) where invited by War on Want, Marikana Miners Solidarity campaign and London Mining Network for a six day screeningtour and  activism around the 5th year Marikana commemoration. The week included multipleimpact screenings around London (where Lonmin's headquarters sit) and Sheffield. It also included solidarity and strategy meetings with Black Lives Matter in London, London Mining Network, Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign and Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum.

On the day of the 5th anniversary of the Marikana massacre, Thumeka, Primrose and Aliki were present at two large pickets outside Lonmin HQ's and the South African High Commission on the anniversary of the massacre. Outside Lonmin's headquarters, Thumeka read out the list of demands from Sikhala Sonke women, but no one from Lonmin came down to receive thedemands or acknowledge the women who had travelled from South Africa to be there. At the South African High Commission, the photos of the 34 mineworkers who were killed on 16 August 2012 were placed on placards alongside flowers on the walls of the Commission.

This very successful trip brought incredible solidarity and assistance to the women of Marikana who received generous donations from audience members that went straight to developing their community food garden back home. A "Sikhala Sonke" bran ch was established in support in London. The women of Sikhala Sonke and the Strike a Rock team are forever grateful to our hosts for an incredible experience we will never forget.

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