'Amplats mining licence should be revoked'

The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says Amplats should give up its mining licence at some shafts.

Amplats miners sang and danced at the Entabeni hostel, where they waited to be addressed by the workers committee regarding the possible retrenchment of 14 000 workers at the mine's Komanani shaft. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)' mining licence at four shafts should be revoked and awarded to a company that will continue production and save jobs.

The ANC put this suggestion forward as a possible intervention to prevent the retrenchment of 14,000 Amplats workers.

Earlier this week, the platinum mining company in Rustenburg announced its restructuring plans which could see the closure of four shafts.

The announcement was met with a lot of criticism from labour unions and government, saying they were not consulted.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said they met with Amplats this week to discuss their restructuring plans and the party's concerns.

He called for an investigation into whether Amplats intentionally misled government when it applied for a licence renewal.

"That is the question that we must look into - whether companies present their plans to government to get licences or if they are genuine plans."

He said if this is true, their mining licence at the four shafts, where thousands of jobs could be lost, should be revoked.

"All the parties have a right to actually revoke that licence [from Amplats] because it misrepresented its case."

Mantashe slammed Amplats' plans to restructure its operations, saying government should do everything in their power to avert job losses.

To listen to Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabanga's views on Amplats' plans click here

Amplats CEO Chris Griffiths explains why the company is considering cutting jobs, listen here