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South African Gold Miners End Strike

South African gold miners have ended their biggest strike to hit the sector in 18 years.

Both the unions involved in the strike - the leading National Union of Mineworkers and the smaller Solidarity union - accepted management's latest pay offer Thursday and agreed to return to work.

The offer included a wage increase of between six and seven percent.

More than 110,000 miners were involved in the strike, which began on Sunday.

The miners were demanding better pay and working conditions. They typically earn just over $350 (US) per month, and work under hazardous conditions in some of the world's deepest mines.

Officials estimated the strike was costing South Africa's gold producers about $20 million a day.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.