Work together to unite SA - Shabangu
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.