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JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye - Stillwater yesterday abandoned plans to close some of its platinum operations in South Africa after it achieved bigger than expected cost-savings from recently acquired businesses. 

Sibanye said in January it might cut up to 330 jobs in platinum operations acquired from Anglo American Platinum and Aquarius Platinum. Sibanye said its platinum group metals (PGM) operations in southern Africa delivered “solid operational results” in the first-half of 2017, prompting an upward revision to its 2017 production forecast and a downward revision to guided costs. 

“While we anticipate further opportunities to reduce costs and unlock operational synergies over time, the South African PGM operations are now well positioned to benefit from firmer prices,” chief executive Neal Froneman said.