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Work together to unite SA - Shabangu

2012-02-15 22:40

Parliament - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu urged South Africans on Wednesday to work together to build a united country.

"We need to work together, across different political parties, to build a South Africa that truly belongs to all those who live in it and where there are no two South Africas," she told the National Assembly during debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.

In this regard, it was unfortunate that Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko had, in her speech on Tuesday, made a point about what she called the DA's "alternative vision for South Africa".

"We should not repeat the mistakes of the past by striving for a partisan 'alternative vision for South Africa'," Shabangu said.

"Instead, we require a vision for SA Incorporated founded on the urgent need to address the triple evils of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

"We must create a South Africa for all the people. That is not alternative, it is mainstream and essential," she said.

Turning to Zuma's infrastructure development announcements, she said the mining sector was greatly encouraged by the plans.

"This intervention responds to one of the binding constraints to growth and development of the mining industry."

The department remained committed to collaborating with other stakeholders in the intergovernmental structures to ensure that the critical infrastructure blockages delaying investment in the mining sector were addressed.

These included investment in rail, road and bulk water infrastructure to unlock the mineral potential of the Waterberg and Steelpoort regions.

Unlocking this potential would also be critical in addressing another long-standing infrastructure bottleneck - that of energy security.

As the soon-to-be-released coal resources and reserves study led by the Council for Geoscience revealed, these regions hosted a great share of South Africa's remaining coal endowment.

The increased infrastructure would have the potential to increase mineral export receipts and also serve the cause of local beneficiation, Shabangu said.

Comments
  • mundu.olewega - 2012-02-15 23:03

    For a South Africa that belongs to all to happen, you can't have BEE, Susan. Nor can you stand idly by while white farmers are murdered in a rate that equals genocide or when the elite ANC regime are awarding themselves tenders and no one gets charged and locked up for their corruption and even if they are found guilt of corruption you tolerate them languishing in hospital before being let out on bogus grounds. In fact why dont you just STFU!

      Tc - 2012-02-16 06:46

      The ANC must lead the way and stop its racist, discrimatory, destructive policies. Until then it is each one for himself. I am not sure that the damage can be turned around.

      Francois - 2012-02-16 07:07

      I think Susan misses the point. The very nature of politics is that one can and MUST have different opinions, without it you will have a one party state, which she and her boss will truly like. The ANC had almost 18 years to build an SA for all its people and with such an overwhelming majority that it could be bold, even if that boldness did include keeping skilled white people in the jobs so that the jobs can get done, yet the bold leadership ended when the first talks about the Arms deal started. Susan, I know it is not your portfolio, but how about standing up and saying that if we want the mining industry in SA to grow, Motshekga and Nzimande must get there act together and see to it that qualified students of all races hits the labour market. You cannot be an engineer without knowing Pythagoras's theorum. In the past month I interviewed 6 candidates after two years of diploma studies, all of them PDIs, and only one knew the theorum. If you want to build an SA for all, give good education to all and let them compete on those results. One generation and the problem is gone, yet you actually dont want the problem gone, because your party's philosophy of keeping them uneducated and poor so that we can buy the votes, will fail the moment people are PROPERLY educated. You in fact want two South Africas, one educated minority that produces the food hampers and one uneducated majority whose votes can be bought with the food hampers. Now go and do your job.

      Merven - 2012-02-16 08:38

      Also the ANC must stop supporting songs instigating people to commit genocide.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-15 23:27

    Dear Minister, the DA was simply referring to the divisive talk and policies being pushed by the ruling party. And.....while we at it, we -in the Karoo- are awaiting your final say in the "shell-fracking" request. For more info read: http://www.karoospace.co.za/karoo-space-magazine/talking-point . We hope you can resist Shell's arguments and promises

      Marcell - 2012-02-16 03:59

      Can she resist the bribe? Due to history of the ancESTOR I doubt it.

  • Honest Raymond Makoi - 2012-02-15 23:31

    Mrs shabangu... As the main opposition they have to show their vision... Please go look at uk and us before u berate the DA vision.. You vision is amazing but what is happening on the ground is disgraceful!

  • Max - 2012-02-16 04:40

    So in short, there are some areas where the ANC cronies want to mine our countries minerals with licenses they obtain through bribes but there are now railway lines and roads to export the raw materials to other countries and now they want to use tax payers money to create this infrastructure so that they can plunder the country's wealth. It all make sense now. THE ANC IS CORRUPT TO THE CORE.

  • braamc - 2012-02-16 04:48

    Let us unite against theft and corruption, let us unite getting rid of this filthy useless thieving government

      Merven - 2012-02-16 08:39

      But then you'll be called a racist.

      Mbulelo - 2012-02-16 10:07

      Braam, I could not agree with you more!Anyone who calls you a racist really needs some mental assessment.As the younger generation, I care not what who runs the government, just as long as they are efficient and honest!I am sick of this whole "it's ok because a black comrade did it" attitude that so many are adopting!I am a tax payer and I surely will NOT throw away my vote by choosing a government that has failed all South Africans dismally!

  • Saamprater - 2012-02-16 06:19

    Scrap the laws based on race and we will propel this country to great heights, instantly and within 5 years we will sort all the labor issues. This government have effectively disarmed hundreds of thousands of highly educated and qualified, willing and able job-creators with their racist laws. As long as I'm prohibited to get a loan from DTI or any financial institution because I'm white, I will not be able to put up that factory I so dearly want, that can employ around 100 people that in turn can feed 500 people. Have 10 000 (and there are many more) of my type, and do the math, jobs galore!!! crime sorted, and we as a country can grow. BEE have effectively placed a back-brake on perpetual growth and nobody can argue that.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-16 06:35

    "Instead, we require a vision for SA Incorporated founded on the urgent need to address the triple evils of poverty, inequality and unemployment". These triple evils are planned, planted and promoted by the triple evils of Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption - ANC for short. The next layer is the triple evil of ANC, Cosatu and SACP.

  • Kevern Upton - 2012-02-16 06:37

    Back your call for unity by scrapping racially tainted legislation and the minorities might actually believe you.

  • Herbert - 2012-02-16 06:55

    Yes minister, continue your struggle; struggle to govern, struggle to understand ecology, struggle to understand how to co-ordinate. However, you are successful at "buggering"-up our mineral wealth and bushlands through the uncoordinated granting of mining licences to cronies !!!!!

  • Victor - 2012-02-16 06:57

    How can we work together with a corrupt government ????????

  • Garth - 2012-02-16 07:09

    `"We should not repeat the mistakes of the past by striving for a partisan 'alternative vision for South Africa'," Shabangu said.' What she really said was: `Please keep voting for the useless, worthless anc, because there is still a little bit of money left in SA that we have not stolen yet. We need more time to complete our destruction of this country at the people's expense. Please don't vote for the DA, they might take the country forward, away from the past that the useless, worthless anc needs for its survival.'

  • Andrew - 2012-02-16 07:13

    For as long as we have an ANCYL President shouting from the roof tops that whites stole their land and BEE policies which favour only one group, we can never be one nation.

      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-02-16 07:52

      I absolutily agree!

      Merven - 2012-02-16 08:41

      I still try to figure out how AA and BEE is different from the Apartheid laws.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-16 09:34

      Merven : The school bully analogy works for me. Apartheid was one bullying many. AA/BEE is many bullying one. Both are wrong. AA/BEE is just more cowardly and malicious than Aparthied. Aparthied was just more immoral than AA/BEE.

      Mbulelo - 2012-02-16 10:17

      Andrew, in my opinion, this BEE nonsense is just to help cadres' relatives and friend fatten their pockets.I mean look at it, how many black people has this BEE really benefited since its inception?(I don't know the figures but I can tell you NOT MANY).I for one am FOR THE REMOVAL of our current government.We need a government that is genuinely FOR the people(black,white,indian,colored etc), not a racially discriminating government that PRETENDS to be for the people while they rob the daylight from the very same people they are supposedly serving. ANCorruption really needs to go and if it takes my vote to make a difference then I know where my vote is NOT going#ANCorruption

  • grenville.felton - 2012-02-16 08:26

    Now Mrs Susan Shabangu i challenge you to debate with Ms Lindiwe Mazibuko on national TV. Your remarks are typical of GOV,So Minister Susan Shabangu show us what you made of.

  • Leroy - 2012-02-16 08:45

    We cant even work together on the roads! Taxis do as they please, they are king of the roads as they see it! Now you would like the country to work together!

      Mbulelo - 2012-02-16 10:18

      Leroy, those guys are really annoying!

  • camp.j - 2012-02-16 08:57

    Message to Susan, please relay this message to mssr Julius Malema or remove him from the gene pool and we'll all start again

  • grenville.felton - 2012-02-16 09:02

    Now Mrs Susan Shabangu i challenge you to debate with Ms Lindiwe Mazibuko on national TV. Your remarks are typical of GOV,So Minister Susan Shabangu show us what you made of.

  • Getafix - 2012-02-16 10:23

    Work together to bring this cANCer party to an end yes. Viva DA

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