Mining must benefit people: Zuma

By Drum Digital
15 January 2013

South Africa's mining industry cannot continue to make "huge profits" without benefitting the country's citizens, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

While the mining industry had shaped the country, it had a lot of shortcomings, such as the migrant labour system, he said in an interview on CNBC's Political Exchange.

He sought to allay investor fears about changes to resource rents, mining royalties and taxes.

"People will always have some nervousness when we say things... When Zimbabwe said indigenisation people jumped all over. Today people go to Zimbabwe to be part of indigenisation."

However things could not stay the same.

"[Mining] can't make huge profits with no benefits to the people of the country... [if you are not] addressing the economic need of the country you must know we are dealing with a problem."

-by Sapa

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