Give miners better living conditions – Pravin Gordhan

2014-02-18 12:30

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Better living conditions are needed in the mining sector which plays an important role in the economy, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“All of us need to do what we can to reintroduce stability ... so that that part of the community can continue to create jobs, continue with investments ... but also give workers better living conditions,” he said at the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) collective bargaining conference in Roodepoort today.

“I think we are not working hard enough to address the migrant labour issues,” he added.

Change was easy to speak about but the reality was different, said Gordhan, who will be presenting his annual budget to Parliament next week.

Debate on the National Development Plan was done with and the time had come for implementation, he said.

Gordhan spoke in detail about the G20 summit in Sydney, Australia, this weekend saying the global economy and growth would be discussed.

His Cabinet colleague, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, was working on a document on what was and was not acceptable regarding wage gaps between workers and executives. That document would be ready soon.

Economist Mike Schussler told delegates South Africa was a middle-income country where only 59% of households had someone working.

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