2,600 miners to lose jobs as Amplats, Atlatsa venture suspends operations

Employees affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers were informed that they'll be without work from the end of next month.

FILE: Miners at work in a shaft. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – More than 2,600 mine workers are set to lose their jobs.

The joint venture between Anglo Platinum and Atlatsa Resources has given notice of its intention suspend operations and place the mine on a care and maintenance programme.

Employees affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were informed that they'll be without work by the end of next month.

The union’s regional spokesperson Phillip Mankge says: “What the companies are claiming is that they were trying to close other shafts but they never engaged us as organised labour.

“We’re the stakeholders not by mistake and we feel we were supposed to have been consulted.”

The mine says it’s not shutting down completely, it will only take a two-year break.

Last month, Anglo Gold Ashanti announced plans to retrench more than 8,000 workers.