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Amplats miners vow to stop shaft closures

Amplats workers have promised they will not take retrenchments lying down.

Amplats workers have promised they will not take retrenchments lying down. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg have accused the mine of deliberately trying to confuse them; following the announcement 14, 000 jobs will likely be lost during a restructuring process.

At least 13, 000 of job losses will be at Rustenburg mines.

The miners, most of whom are affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), on Saturday postponed a mass meeting to discuss the company's move due to rainy weather.

The looming shake-up by Amplats has triggered outrage from various quarters, including government, who have said the mine betrayed their 50-year plan that led to the renewal of their mining licence.

Workers' leader Godfrey Lindani said they would not take retrenchments lying down.

"We're promising all the workers at Anglo platinum that there will be no closing of shafts or retrenchments.

"Anglo will go away, they will go back to America; this is our land."

Meanwhile, production at the mine is continuing, while talks with the Department of Mineral Resources are underway.