‘Reckless’ Amplats has responsibility to SA – Gwede

2013-01-18 17:04

The decision by Amplats to lay off 14 000 workers was “reckless and insensitive”, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists at a briefing at Luthuli House.

He said this afternoon the mining giant should have consulted before taking a decision to mothball its shafts.

Mantashe confirmed that the ANC had met with mining bosses on Wednesday, a day before the announcement of the shaft closures was made.

He also hinted that the party didn’t trust the promise by Amplats to make up for job losses by creating new jobs in the social sector, saying it was “vague”.

Mantashe said foreign-owned companies which are based in South Africa and experienced growth here, should realise that it has a duty towards citizens.

“Amplats is a company built in South Africa but it is now being reckless about its responsibilities. They can’t be visitors when they are built on our sweat and blood,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sapa reports, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu met yesterday to discuss the company’s restructuring plans.

“We welcome the opportunity for continuing engagement with minister Shabangu and her team,” Griffith said in a statement.

“[The meeting was] to reach our shared objective of creating a sustainable, competitive, and profitable platinum business for the benefit of all stakeholders and for South Africa.”

The parties agreed to meet again in the next 90 days.

On Wednesday night, Amplats miners returned to work and abandoned their illegal strike.

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