The National Union of Mineworkers can confirm that it has received Section 189 notice from AngloGold Ashanti to retrench 2 000 mine workers in all its operations in South Africa.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed its shock that AngloGold Ashanti is likely to retrench such a substantial 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 mine workers in January 2017 and also in June 2017 where they took a decision to retrench 8 500 mine workers,” reads a NUM statement.

“It has become a fashionable trend for this company to retrench mine workers.

“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 mine workers who earn poverty wages.”

AngloGold Ashanti says the decision to restructure its South African base operations which has put at least 2,000 jobs on the line is a difficult but necessary step.

The mining company has announced its plans, which will affect employees across different categories and levels.

It says it’s domestic production has been reduced by half over the past year.

AngloGold Ashanti states it is aware of the precarious state of South Africa’s economy and the difficult job market. It has stated that it does not take this decision lightly.

The company has reiterated that it will be transparent and open throughout this process.