NW Premier meets with Amplats

Premier says consultation should take place before Amplats retrenchment plan is enforced.

A picture taken on October 6, 2012 shows workers standing outside the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in Rustenburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier Thandi Modise said on Thursday restructuring at Anglo Platinum won't go ahead for the next three months until consultation with all the relevant players has been completed.

Modise met with Amplats management to discuss the possible retrenchment of 14,000 miners at its Rustenburg mines.

Her spokesman Lesiba Kgwele said the premier is worried about the impact the restructuring will have on the entire province.

"She is concerned the impact of this on individual miners and beneficiaries including the economy will be devastating. She proposed that consultation be intensified."

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said government must take over the four shafts that Amplats plans on closing down during its restructuring process.

The union, which represents 26,000 miners at Amplats, said retrenchments were not an option.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said government has an opportunity to save jobs.

"The government must take over those shafts to save jobs."

Mathunjwa also said foreign investors were stealing the benefits of mineral resources from South Africans.

"As long as this economy is run by foreigners, we are far from reaching any solution."

Amcu will hold a mass general meeting in Rustenburg with its members on Friday to discuss the way forward.

On Wednesday, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu lashed out at Amplats once again.

She said the mining company's restructuring process should have been discussed with government because people's livelihoods were at stake.