Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi is deeply concerned about impending job loses in the mining sector and is making concerted efforts together with stakeholders to save jobs‚ the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says. A special task team has been constituted to assess the situation and provide advice to the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team. "The key mandate of the team is to explore ways and means of saving jobs through engagements with relevant mining stakeholders. In addition‚ the Coal and Platinum Working Committee is also looking at the specific issues including long term sustainability of the two sectors." The DMR added that 19 companies are likely to shed jobs. These companies are involved in the mining of diamonds‚ gold and platinum.