AngloGold Ashanti, a global gold mining company with exploration projects in South Africa, is planning to shed 25% of its labour force within the country.

The company revealed its intentions through a statement AMCU Voice is in possession of.

“While all efforts will be made to limit the impact on employment, the current restructuring process contemplates some 2,000 roles across AngloGold Ashanti’s South African business, which currently employs roughly 8,200 people,” said the company statement.

The restructuring is set to affect employees across the different categories and levels, including the region’s Executive Committee and senior management.

The company’s notice, as well as the sixty-day consultation period to follow, is guided by section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.

Reacting to the notice, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said it would engage the employer to save jobs bloodbath.

“We will not allow our members to be robbed of their livelihoods, by the sheer pursuit of profit over people as we can see in many companies operating in the mining sector,” read AMCU statement.

“We will spare no resource to campaign with the DMR to step up to the plate and ensure that the socio-economic needs of workers are protected.”

The notice for mass retrenchments comes barely three months after AMCU led national shutdown campaign, on 20 March 2018, to highlight the challenge of job losses in the mining sector. Among others, the Union called on Department of Minerals and Resources (DMR) to convene a Jobs Summit to address retrenchments in the sector.

The main march, attended by over 20 000 members, took place in Pretoria where AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa led marchers to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe.

Other marches in Durban, Polokwane and Welkom culminated in the same memorandum being handed over to regional offices of the DMR.

DMR is yet to respond to the demands the Union tabled at Socio-Economic March.


24 May 2018 by Trust Matsilele