In South Africa NUM union says 45,000 miners face job cuts

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A mine worker is seen underground at Lonmin's Karee mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, March 5, 2013. play A mine worker is seen underground at Lonmin's Karee mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, March 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)
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About 45,000 workers face layoffs in the South Africa's struggling mining sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.

"More than 45,000 mine workers face retrenchments," NUM president Piet Matosa told a conference.

Mining companies are under pressure from low commodity prices and rocketing costs triggering a wave of job cuts.

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