Mittal puts in plea for steel tariff protection

12 July 2015 - 02:02 By LONI PRINSLOO, CHANTELLE BENJAMIN and RON DERBY

Steel baron Lakshmi Mittal wants the government to help rescue ArcelorMittal's struggling South African operations by imposing a 10% import duty on steel, without which the company is threatening to close down plants and cut jobs. Mittal was in the country last month to brief the government, including President Jacob Zuma, on the challenges faced by the steel industry.

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