‘Nedlac is a waste of time’

2012-09-11 08:26

Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya has accused labour, business and government council Nedlac as being so ineffective that he doesn’t even bother attending its meetings.

He said the failure of this forum is part of the reason why the tragedy at Marikana happened, where 44 people were killed in protests by miners.

“I don’t bother attending Nedlac meetings because it is a waste of time. The government officials responsible for organising it’s meetings are not doing their work,” he told an audience at the Gordon Institute of Business Science forum on Marikana last night.

International Labour Organisation SA director Vic van Vuuren agreed that Nedlac was no longer an effective forum for resolving labour issues.

“Leaders used to sit on Nedlac but they don’t any more. We haven’t been getting to resolutions on many issues,” he said.

Van Vuuren said the laws around labour brokers had been under discussion in Nedlac for seven years and no resolution was reached yet.

He said leaders needed to get together and talk to resolve the problems around Marikana.

Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said Marikana was about the breakdown of trust between workers, business, and parties.

“If we don’t deal with the breakdown in trust we will see other Marikanas,” he said.

He said some of the leaders at Marikana were “fair-weathered” leaders. “Whether people want to kiss you or kill you, you must go to them,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.