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newsBloomberg Business reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), four mining companies in SA, including Assmang and Rockwell Diamonds, plan to cut 1,031 jobs between them at operations in Northern Cape.  

The companies have served notice of the workforce reductions under the Labour Relations Act, which makes provision for 60 days of talks over the cuts.  “We were told of this over the past three days,” Lucas Phiri, regional coordinator for the union, said.  Employers cited commodity prices and profitability in making the cuts, he indicated.  Assmang, a manganese-producing joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, has given notice of plans to cut 375 positions at its Black Rock iron-ore mine.  Rockwell is apparently seeking to reduce staff numbers by 287.  Also, Diro Manganese may reduce its staff by 50 workers, while Blue Chip, a mining contractor, wants to cut 319 positions.  At Assmang’s Black Rock mine, management will consider the re-deployment of workers and other measures to reduce job cuts, African Rainbow indicated, adding that it was not possible to say how many people would be affected.

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