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'Job losses high if taxes go ahead'

By Sapa | 2012-12-14 07:30:08.0

The Chamber of Mines says the mining sector will shed tens of thousands of jobs if ANC delegates decide to impose higher taxes on it.

“It will mean a lot of marginal mines will need to be mothballed and, in terms of job losses, the probability is that it would run into the tens of thounsands,” Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya said.

“Our engagement with the ANC will probably be more intense after Mangaung.”  The African National Congress elective conference in Mangaung, which starts on Sunday, will finalise decisions on policies that the government will then take on board.

The party would probably adopt a proposed mineral resource rent tax of 50% on profits above 15% of normal returns.

This year, the mining sector lost 15,000 jobs in the third quarter after months of wildcat strikes across mines.