Marikana has come alive with those gathered seemingly in a jovial mood as they harmonise struggle songs. Those with entrepreneurial zeal have set up stalls trading items including snacks, chicken feet, cold drinks and even alcohol.

The lives of 34 mineworkers who were shot dead by the police in Marikana 10 years ago on 16 August are being celebrated as the nation marks a decade since the tragedy.

Hundreds of people have already made their way to the koppie where striking Lonmin mineworkers gathered a decade ago.