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Shabangu fumes at Amplats restructuring

Minister Susan Shabangu is livid with Amplat's plans to restructure its operations.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said there was no justification for why Anglo American Platinum refused to consult with government about its restructuring process.

Shabangu is still furious with the mining giant's announcement this week that there could be 14,000 job losses due to its restructuring process.

She said they had initially agreed to work with government on making the company more profitable.

She also said this was something they should have discussed with government.

"They coming in now as if they discovered last week that they are not making profits."

Shabangu said lives were now at stake.

"For them to be profitable they need us and they need workers to be successful. There's no justification for refusing to consult."

Shabangu also said it was workers who contributed towards the profitability of the company, and this could not be undermined.

The minister has urged Amplats to be sincere with its employees.

She said they must work with unions and government to come up with a viable solution.

"What we'd like to see is workers going back to work, and Amplats have to talk to the workers. We need a unified responsibility."