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NorthamMining Weekly reports that platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6,500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years.  

A current employer of 12,000 people, including contractors, Northam is in the midst of spending R5.5bn capital on strategically timed, on-track growth projects, which are combining with acquisitive growth to reposition the company as a million-ounce supplier of PGMs.  Speaking on Friday, CEO Paul Dunne said the company would definitely be employing more people at all of the operations, with the possible exception of Booysendal North, which is already at full nameplate capacity.  Preparation to access the newly acquired Tumela Block has already created an additional 357 jobs and more job creation is on the way as the Zondereinde mine ramps up to 350,000 oz a year.   A combination of 3,000 new permanent and project jobs are also on the way at the Booysendal South mine.  If the company chooses to restart the recently acquired rhodium-dominant Eland mine in the Brits area, another 3,000 people stand to be employed.

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