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implatsBusinessLive reports that Impala Platinum (Impala) could lay off up to 2,500 of its 31,000-strong workforce at its Rustenburg mining operations to cope with low metal prices and declining production.  

CEO Nico Muller said on Monday that the platinum producer had informed unions, government authorities and other stakeholders at its Rustenburg mines that it had started a so-called ‘Section 189’ process in terms of the Labour Relations Act to restructure those mines, meaning that jobs could be lost.  "It is expected that some 2,500 people could be affected near term, but this does not preclude further optimisation processes that may be required in future to ensure the continued sustainability of the operation," Muller stated.  He added that "no final decision has been taken as regards the proposed restructuring, and no final decision will be taken prior to full and proper consultation with affected employees, and their representatives.”

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, 2,500 jobs at risk at lossmaking Impala Rustenburg, at Mining Weekly
  • And also, 2,500 jobs at risk as Implats begins Rustenburg restructure, at Miningmx
  • Read Impala’s press statement on this matter at Impala online

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