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South Africa Job-Cuts Backlash Pits Mining CEOs Against Zuma

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Relations between South Africa’s government and the mining industry are unraveling as a commodity-price rout derails plans by President Jacob Zuma’s administration to create millions of jobs and pare a 25 percent jobless rate.

Mining companies in South Africa, the world’s largest platinum and manganese producer, plan to fire as many as 10,000 workers at a time when the economy is struggling to rebound from the slowest expansion since a 2009 recession.