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MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday again called on Impala Platinum (Implats) to come to the table to discuss an approach of trying to save massive job cuts at its operations.  

He reiterated at a media briefing that his department was not fighting with the industry.  This followed an announcement by Implats that it would be retrenching over 13,000 workers as part of a restructuring programme for continued viability.  Mantashe commented:  “The day before yesterday, we had a meeting with the mining industry.  We had 35 CEOs and senior executives under one roof where we were actually beginning to debate and discuss the future of the industry.  It was curious for me that Impala was not part of that meeting.  And then when they released this information yesterday (Thursday), it became clear to me that they are walking to the opposite direction of the industry, and therefore, that conflict is a self-manufactured conflict by Impala Platinum because any serious company in the industry was in that meeting.”

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke, at Engineering News

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