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Amplats production down as strike continues

The platinum mine is losing more than 3,000 ounces a day due to the ongoing strike.

An Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg, north-west of Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has reported less than 20 percent attendance at all of its operations in Rustenburg, where Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members are on strike to oppose mass retrenchments.

At least 3,300 Amplats workers stand to lose their jobs through restructuring at the mine that will see two shafts get placed under maintenance care.

Today marks the fifth day of Amcu's strike in which four people have already been arrested for public violence.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole says they are losing more than 3,000 ounces in production every day.

"We are still engaging with Amcu to try and bring normality to the operations. As a result of the strike action an average of approximately 3,100 ounces of production per day [is lost]."