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Amplats to reveal plans for Rustenburg mine

Amplats will on Monday announce its plans for its Rustenburg mine which might affect 14,000 workers.

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

RUSTENBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it is hoping for good news on Monday, as Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is expected to announce what it will do with its Rustenburg mine.

Amplats said it wants to close four shafts, but this move could lead to 14,000 jobs being lost.

Last week Amplats executives met with Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and mining unions to discuss the matter.

NUM's Lesiba Seshoka said they can only hope for the best.

"We had a meeting with Anglo Platinum together with the Ministry last week in a bid to find a resolution."

He also said they expected the decision to be made after proper consultation with their internal stakeholders.

"We expect that they will tell us that they are no longer willing to go forward with their restructuring plans, especially with the retrenchments of 14,000 workers."

Meanwhile, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe accused the mining giant of trying to push up platinum prices while Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu suggested the company could lose its mining licence.

Around 13,000 of the workers are from Rustenburg.