‘Nedlac is a waste of time’

2012-09-11 08:26

Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya has accused labour, business and government council Nedlac as being so ineffective that he doesn’t even bother attending its meetings.

He said the failure of this forum is part of the reason why the tragedy at Marikana happened, where 44 people were killed in protests by miners.

“I don’t bother attending Nedlac meetings because it is a waste of time. The government officials responsible for organising it’s meetings are not doing their work,” he told an audience at the Gordon Institute of Business Science forum on Marikana last night.

International Labour Organisation SA director Vic van Vuuren agreed that Nedlac was no longer an effective forum for resolving labour issues.

“Leaders used to sit on Nedlac but they don’t any more. We haven’t been getting to resolutions on many issues,” he said.

Van Vuuren said the laws around labour brokers had been under discussion in Nedlac for seven years and no resolution was reached yet.

He said leaders needed to get together and talk to resolve the problems around Marikana.

Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said Marikana was about the breakdown of trust between workers, business, and parties.

“If we don’t deal with the breakdown in trust we will see other Marikanas,” he said.

He said some of the leaders at Marikana were “fair-weathered” leaders. “Whether people want to kiss you or kill you, you must go to them,” he said.

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