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South Africa's top manufacturing union NUMSA said that 600 workers out of 1,500 at General Motors (GM) will lose their jobs by July after the automaker's decision last week to sell its local operations, Reuters reports.

The move received a lot of criticism from the labor union.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said in a statement that GM had confirmed the numbers and issued lay-off notices as required by law.

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