Anxieties about jobs heightened this week when the news broke that AngloGold, the world's third-biggest gold mining company, was shutting the unprofitable Savuka section of TauTona in Carletonville near Johannesburg and putting on care and maintenance Kopanang mine in Klerksdorp. "All my hard work has failed if we get retrenched. Getting laid off means going back home to Libode in the Eastern Cape to a house of hunger," said Bafundi Seku, a worker at AngloGold Ashanti's TauTona mine. "I have a two-year-old child and my unemployed wife is pregnant. I support seven people, including myself, because I lost a sister, who left behind three children." Seku, 42, has been working at AngloGold for a year. Along with 8499 of his peers - a third of the mine's entire workforce - he faces the possibility of losing his job. This week, AngloGold said it was shutting down the two unprofitable operations that are nearing the end of their lives. The 59-year-old TauTona, whose shafts reach depths clos...

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