Mining industry has crisis on its hands – Andile Sangqu

2014-08-13 19:49

Transformation was identified as one of the leading challenges in the mining industry during the first day of a lekgotla held in Midrand, Johannesburg.

It was agreed today that the mining industry needed transformation, better collective bargaining and better living conditions for workers.

The lekgotla was attended by representatives of government, the Chamber of Mines, mining companies and unions.

Chamber of Mines state intervention in the minerals sector committee chairperson Andile Sangqu said the industry needed to acknowledge it had a crisis on its hands.

“The tensions in mining right now means the stakes are high and the need for resolution is urgent.

“This quite frankly is very serious,” he said.

Sangqu questioned why the industry only spoke more meaningfully when there was a crisis.

The industry had structures designed to support it in mining transformation, he said.

The industry needed to look at productivity, because there could not be transformation without economic growth.

Sangqu said labour needed to understand how productivity played a role in job creation.

The country recently came out of a crippling five-month strike on the platinum belt in the North West.

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