by Udo Rypstra

Amplats to give clarity on retrechment plans

Outcomes announced today by Amplats

Amplats to give clarity on retrenchment plans
Gwede Mantashe

SABC News reported, today, the company has been in consultation with different stakeholders, including rival unions, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Minister, Department of Mineral Resources and the office of the North West Premier.

The mining giant announced earlier this year that it will cut off 14 000 miners and shut down some of its shafts in Rustenburg, where most of its workforce is based. 

NUM and Amcu have since been engaging with Amplats, trying to persuade them to reverse the decision.

Amplats management told North West Premier, Thandi Modise, and Minerals Minister, Susan Shabangu, that they need 90 days to draw plans on how miners could still benefit, apart from losing their jobs.

The company has since announced that it will create extra jobs for those miners and equip them with more skills.

Those identified are less than a quarter of the number to be retrenched, SABC News reported.

Meanwhile Amplats spokesperson Zingaphi Jakuja declined to comment on a City Press article on Sunday (January 27) in which she was quoted to have said that Amplats may seek to 'mitigate' the effects of the restructuring proposal.

"Amplats has been allowed space to consult internally on these [number of proposals] and a formal pronouncement will be made on Monday (January 28) by the stakeholders," Jakuja told the newspaper.

Asked whether a meeting between Amplats and the minerals resources department (DMR) last week could see the platinum firm modify its restructuring plans, Jakuja told Miningmx: "There was a meeting on Thursday (January 24) and there will be a follow up meeting on Monday. I am not commenting further but there will be a statement from the stakeholders," she said.

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