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Miners end strike at Amplats

Speaking to Reuters, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said members will return to work on Friday.

An Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South African miners have ended a strike at Anglo American Platinum, the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday, after a nearly two-week walkout against job cuts that has crippled production at the world's top platinum producer.

Members of Amcu are expected to return to their posts for the morning shift on Friday, president Joseph Mathunjwa told Reuters.

He did not give further details.

A spokesperson for Anglo American Platinum, a unit of global miner Anglo American Plc, declined to comment on whether the strike had ended and said the company would issue an update shortly.

Amplats, as the platinum producer is known, has said it is losing an average of 3,100 ounces of production a day from the strike - 44,000 ounces in lost production.

Amcu members downed tools to protest the company's plans to cut 4,800 jobs. Amplats had originally planned to cut as many as 14,000 jobs but scaled back its plans after fierce criticism from the government and unions.

Amplats'a return to profitability hinges on an overhaul of its Rustenburg mines in the North West.