The 45 people, mainly striking miners, who were killed last week in a bloody confrontation with police in north-western Marikana platinum mine in South Africa, are to be remembered in a series of special memorial services, taking place today.

Workers are putting up the seating which will see politicians and religious leaders pay tribute to the 34 people who were killed by police while striking for better pay and living conditions.

Police said they opened fire last week because strikers wielding machetes and clubs had refused to lay down their weapons.

This has led to fears that there would be more protests and strikes by miners, and reports just in, confirm that there has been worker action at two other platinum mines today. The strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine has driven up platinum prices and stoked worries about investing in Africa's biggest economy.

Written and presented by Ann Salter