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SA's mining sector job cull

Southern Africa

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's largest mining union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), said on Thursday 11,000 members could lose their jobs after getting notifications from companies.

"That is not a final confirmation all of them will be fired," said William Mabapa, the deputy general secretary of the NUM.

The mining industry, which contributes around 7 percent to Africa's most developed economy, is struggling with sinking commodity prices, rising costs and labour unrest.