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Press Statement, 23 May 2018
AngloGold Ashanti to retrench 2 000 mineworkers
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) can confirm that it has received Section 189 notice from AngloGold Ashanti to retrench 2 000 mineworkers in all its operations in South Africa.
The NUM is shocked that AngloGold Asanti is likely to retrench such a huge number of workers at the time when there is a high rate of unemployment in the country.
This is the same company that took a decision to retrench 849 mineworkers in January 2017 and also in June 2017 where they took a decision to retrench 8 500 mineworkers. It has become a fashionable trend for this company to retrench mineworkers.
We, therefore, call on AngloGold Ashanti to rethink its position to retrench. They must create opportunities for job creation rather maximizing profits at the expense of the poor mineworkers who earn poverty wages.
For more information, please contact:
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesman: 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Cell: 083 809 3257