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bokoni thumb medium90 90The Citizen reports that as the jobs bloodbath in the mining sector intensifies, another mine, Bokoni Platinum, is to retrench its entire workforce and place the company under a two-year “care and maintenance” programme.  

Company spokesperson Joel Kesler said the Limpopo-based mine, owned jointly by Atlatsa Resources (51%) and Anglo American Platinum (49%), had no option but to lay off the 2,651 employees due to enormous losses.  However, Kesler stressed that the mine was not closing down, but would take a two-year operating break to enable it to position itself for recovery.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday said it was worried about the pending Bokoni retrenchments and that it had already received a section 189 (i.e. retrenchment) notice from the mining company regarding the layoffs.  The announcement has shocked the Limpopo provincial government, which described it as a “serious challenge” for the people of the province.

  • Read this report by Eric Naki in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, More than 2,000 jobs on the line at Bokoni Platinum, says NUM, at The Citizen
  • Read the NUM’s press statement on this matter at Cosatu Today


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