take the top job at platinum miner Lonmin? With bankers baying for their pound of f lesh, being drowned out only by the impassioned call of mineworkers refusing to work unless they are paid more and shareholders being forced to stump up even more capital for you to stay in business, it too is a daunting and unattractive prospect.
While being a Lonmin miner might rank among some of South Africa’s least desirable jobs, running the place is hardly a Sunday school picnic either.
Handsomely rewarded for their efforts, the management team at Lonmin, sans CEO Ian Farmer, hospitalised in the week of the Marikana shootings due to an apparently unrelated illness, earns more in a year than their workers can dream of in a lifetime.
According to the Lonmin annual report, Farmer earned £1 220 629 in 2011 – a significant reward for a difficult job.