Dear Mr President and all your advisors
I would like to know as a tax paying South African, why is it that when you approved the licences for these mines all over our country, why you didn’t take it upon yourself to use your multitude of brain cells and decide …. Uha if we allow this mine and give them this licence then this mine after construction will create a multitude of work for many people.
So why did you not decide to build roads, police and fire station, hospitals, primary schools, high schools, colleges/ universities, shops and housing with pre-paid electricity.
Clearly people come from all over Africa to work in these mines, and they need a place to sleep, shop, they have families that they want to live with and kids that need education and healthcare. If you had planned correctly and when issuing a licence for a mine to be built and if you had started developing the area just slightly, You could have rented out each home to these miners taking their rent to pay for the construction of the homes, Enriching the area with all the other amenities like a hospital, schools and so on. But instead you hand over the mining licence and leave it at that.
Then you have to deal with unhappy workers bringing the mine to a standstill because they are striking because they live in shacks and work long hours and get what is considered low pay. Causing media chaos and doubt in the investors’ minds.
These miners from the get go would then learn that there is a structure in place, laws to abide by and respect and accountability for themselves as well as their families and thus changing the perception of the people, of your voters.
Not only would the men in these homes be working in the mines but their wives could be educators, healthcare practioners, shop keepers and more, thus creating work from one mine would be more substantial and less reliant on the mine, helping our economy grow as well as decreasing the unemployment rate.
But sadly we lost 46 people due to mine violence during the Marikana strike due to our government poor ability to think further than the licence. Sadly this is just another point of miss management within our country due to lack of education by our current government.
It’s time to take a look at yourselves because you are to blame for each person’s life lost in such violence because if you had done your jobs better and earned your R2.6 million salary these people wouldn’t have been striking in the first place. Because all their needs would have been met as a South African Citizen, and all your promises wouldn’t be just fake promises (accept if your a criminal in jail) but real ones.
I seriously hope that from now on more planning goes into something like this because where there is work there is people, and you could be providing for them and they could be providing for you. In the end I leave you with this… what one reaps is what they sow, its clearly stated in the Bible and we all know is true. What one puts in is what they get out, if you put very little in like you have been you won’t get a lot out.
It’s time for a change a change from the top.
Don’t you think???
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