South African miners ends strike at Amplats -union president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African miners have ended a strike at Anglo American Platinum, the president of the AMCU union said on Thursday, after a nearly two-week walkout against job cuts that has crippled production at the world's top platinum producer.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) are expected to return to their posts from the morning shift on Friday, union president Joseph Mathunjwa told Reuters.

He did not give further details.

A spokeswoman for Anglo American Platinum, a unit of global miner Anglo American Plc, declined to comment on whether the strike had ended and said the company would issue an update shortly.

Amplats, as the platinum producer is known, has said it is losing an average of 3,100 ounces of production a day from the strike.

AMCU members downed tools to protest the company's plans to cut 4,800 jobs. Amplats had originally planned to cut as many as 14,000 jobs but scaled back its plans after fierce criticism from the government and unions.

Amplats' return to profitability hinges on an overhaul of its Rustenburg mines, northwest of Johannesburg.

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