ANC calls for better conditions for miners

2015-08-15 22:17
Zizi Kodwa. (Felix Dlangamandla)

Zizi Kodwa. (Felix Dlangamandla)

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Johannesburg - Mining companies should work together with government to revitalise mining towns, the African National Congress said on Saturday.

"We further reiterate our call for mining companies to review their position on job cuts, actions which undoubtedly would depress an already sensitive situation," national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

"Government on its part must move with speed to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission."

Sunday, August 16 2015, will mark the third year since 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead in Marikana, North West.

Ten people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the previous week.

President Jacob Zuma subsequently appointed retired Judge Ian Farlam to chair the judicial commission of inquiry into the violence. The commission's final report was handed to Zuma on March 31, who released it to the public on June 25.

Kodwa said on Saturday that the commemoration of the shooting should remind South Africans of the ongoing challenges the country faced while attempting to build an inclusive society.

"Our collective desire as a nation is for Marikana to never happen again.

"As we remember Marikana, we, as South Africans, must vigilantly guard against the entrenchment of further inequality, the concerning trend of increasingly violent strike action and lack of adherence to commitments made to improve the lives of the people, mining communities in particular, for the better."

He said mining companies should learn lessons from what happened in Marikana and urged them to commit themselves to the Mining Charter, in honour of the victims and those who were disadvantaged and still living in the mining towns.



Read more on:    anc  |  zizi kodwa  |  ian farlam  |  johannesburg  |  mining

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