Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has launched a new employee share ownership plan (Esop), which it envisages will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this year. The Esop involves employees receiving Anglo Platinum listed shares to the value of R8 000 each a year, in addition to participation in the evergreen ownership of 2% of Rustenburg Platinum Mines, Anglo Platinum’s operating subsidiary.