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S.Africa rand and bonds firmer on strike optimism

* Rand boosted by hopes of labour returning to work

* Majority of truckers still on strike

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand firmedagainst the dollar on Wednesday buoyed by the possibility thatsome striking workers could return to work after weeks of labourunrest that has threatened to cripple Africa's biggest economy.

The rand was 0.21 percent firmer at 8.7226 againstthe dollar at 0628 GMT, from the close of 8.7385 in New York onTuesday.

Some of South Africa's striking truckers have agreed toreturn to work on Wednesday, after two weeks of strikes in thetransport sector have hit supplies of fuel, cash and consumergoods.

"The ZAR did extend its recovery yesterday on the improvedprospects for the trucking strike but has since stalled with theoutcome as yet unknown," said Tradition Analytics in a note toclients.

Bonds also took reprieve from the news, the yield on thethree year bond fell 3.5 basis points to 5.44 percentand that on the longer-dated bond declined three basis points to7.75 percent.

Bond traders will look out for clues on future interestrates from Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, who is due tospeak at Rhodes University's Business School early in thetrading session.

(Reporting by Vuyani Ndaba; editing by David Dolan)

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Keywords: MARKETS SAFRICA/RAND