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comMiningmx reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA said on Monday that as many as 100,000 direct and 200,000 indirect jobs could be at risk in the short to medium-term in the local mining sector owing to a deterioration in regulatory and operating conditions.  

These encompassed decreased productivity and inappropriate work stoppages.  Responding to a press statement by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which called on the ANC to denounce job losses in the sector, the Chamber said the redraft of the Mining Charter could heap further pain on the sector.  The NUM blamed the private sector for maximising profit-taking over workers following announcements of some 8,500 potential job losses at AngloGold Ashanti and 2,651 at Bokoni Platinum Mines.  The Chamber said, however, the mining sector had not been supported.  The NUM also called for the resignation of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.  NUM president Piet Matosa said to City Press:  “We really feel the man is not for the industry.  We will consider joining hands with those that are not happy with him … We are really about to ask the ANC and the president to remove him if he won’t resign himself.”

  • Read this report by David McKay in full at Miningmx
  • See too, Tot 200,000 kan hul werk in mynbou verloor, at Netwerk24 (limit on access)
  • And also, NUM wants President Zuma to remove Minister Zwane, at Business Report
  • Read the NUM’s press statement at Cosatu Today
  • Read the Chamber’s press statement at SA Labour News

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