Amplats strike
Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is moving forward with massive job cuts promised at the beginning of the year: Nearly 7,000 South Africans working for the world’s largest platinum producer will be out of work come September. In January the company had warned these cuts were coming and initially hinted it may slash 14,000 positions. In May, Amplats said 6,000 jobs were on the line. The new figure of 6,900 includes 900 corporate jobs recently added to the chopping block. However, the final tally will depend on voluntary severance packages, early retirements and the number of employees moved to other posts.