According to reports by Reuters, AngloGold Ashanti is in talks with unions to lay off more than 800 workers.
AngloGold employs more than 25 000 people in South Africa and its been struggling to maintain their saff load because of the declining output in the country due to regulatory issues.
Labour and mining analyst, Mamokgethi Molopyane says it has been predicted over the past three years that mining companies would be restructuring slowly.
Often when they try to re-position themselves job cuts happen to the workers.— Mamokgethi Molopyane, Labour and mining analyst
I do think that in the platinum metals groups there will be some job cuts throughout this year.— Mamokgethi Molopyane, Labour and mining analyst
Molopyane says she doesn't think the South African mining industry will ever go back to being the biggest contributor to the country's GDP and the biggest employer.
To hear more on this conversation, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mining job cuts on the cards, industry won't be No.1 employer again - analyst