Ramphele: Govt can't be regulator and player

2012-09-11 22:16

Johannesburg - Academic and anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele said on Tuesday that the government must rise up to its responsibility as regulator of the mining industry.

Ramphele, the chairperson of mining company Gold Fields, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the government could not be both a regulator and a player within the mining industry, as it indirectly owns shares in mining companies.

Amanpour was questioning Ramphele on the unrest in the mining industry, on her self-titled show Amanpour on CNN, where she briefly interviewed expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema as well.

Ramphele said that the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 strikers were killed was a failure of leadership, saying "we have failed to step up to the plate" 18 years into democracy.

The crisis in the mines would only end if the government and interested parties played their role, Sapa reported her as saying.

"Government, unions, mining companies and the society should take up their roles and lead now."

She also said that South Africans must hold the government accountable for the remilitarising of the police force.

Earlier in the show, Malema told Amanpour that he wants to see the country's miners strike five days every month.

"The strikes in the different mines would have to be co-ordinated every month... the action will go on for five working days," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, speaking to miners at Gold Fields' Driefontein mine outside Carletonville, Malema called on all workers there to strike.

"There must be a national strike at all the mines until [National Union of Mineworkers' secretary-general] Frans Baleni and the union's leadership step down with immediate effect."

Businesswoman and academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele told Amanpour there had been a failure of leadership in the country.

"Leaders, including Malema have failed to step up and lead the country to realise that dream that emerged in 1994."

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-11 22:34


      tobydt - 2012-09-11 22:43

      Is she in government? Must have missed the memo.

      peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-11 23:10


      louwc - 2012-09-12 03:19

      As you can see she is not a "CAPITIST MAFIA" (sic) - whatever that is. She is a leader.

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-12 05:51

      Open your eyes Don, every one around you including the miners want to be capitalists. Your forefathers wanted to be capitalist by owning land (means of production), the only stupid f$ck around is you that does not understand the definition.

      kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-09-12 05:54

      Mug - why do you say this - any facts to back up your statement or are you just abit jealous after all she does not have to rely on cadre deployment and handouts...?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 14:51

      Julius is another capitalist telling people socialists lies.

  • thamsanqa.d.mahlangu - 2012-09-11 22:51

    all they do is talk.....

      ben.spreeth - 2012-09-12 05:20

      Maybe the dream of 1994 has now turned into a nightmare for all of us. Maybe it should have been a vision and a plan, not a dream, but some are still dreaming. Reality is a bugger.

  • Mallela Isaac Mokholoane - 2012-09-11 22:56

    Mamphela STOP playing yourself a HOLY SAINT you are also One of them: You are also ANC, for the past 18 yrs all of you have successfully served us with lies.

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-12 02:59

      U wrong

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-12 07:13

      Yes shut up if you can't use yoiur brain. A professor of her calibre will never be led by a stupid former goatherder [JZ]

  • dofeatsdog - 2012-09-11 23:16

    Normally she talks sense but this is utter rubbish. Saudi Arabia has SAUDI ARAMCO, Russia has GAZPROM, Malaysia has PETRONAS, Norway STATOIL, Angola SonAngol, QATAR QATAR Petroleum. Each of these companies ensure equitable sharing of national resources, not withstanding corruption that comes with it.

      givenvon.baloyi - 2012-09-11 23:32

      @dofeatsdog- therefore a subject of nationalisation becomes a no-brainer. Frankly I think Dr Rampela is grossly wrong. There are many models of nationalisation and government must benefit in the countries minerals as the examples you have mentioned including Depswana

      tobydt - 2012-09-12 00:22

      If nationalisation was so awesome, every country would have applied it. This is not the case.

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-09-12 08:24

      @ Sinudeity Your comment is illogical and downright retarded. Lack of universal adoption of a concept is not necessarily evidence of adverse impact. If it was, one could easily state that "if HUMAN RIGHTS and the RULE OF LAW were so awesome, every country would have applied them. This is not the case." Think before blabbering.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 14:58

      We can not afford nationisation unless we ask the Chinese to buy them out, maybe we can do with a few Chinese managers at mines.

  • trevor.govender.969 - 2012-09-11 23:32

    I dont think I understand...Eskom, Transnet, PetroSA are all State Owned Enterprises...and they are regulated by the National Energy Regulator (set up by government)...same with Telkom and ICASA. Of course the government can play and 'regulate' so long as the regulator holds its independance. Dont embarass yourself Mampela and South Africans...'academic' on international television...not very smart by even the standards of a lowly news reader!

      tobydt - 2012-09-12 00:27

      In the ANC's case, the government pushes up electricity prices, and the ANC has tenders which profit from said increases (Hitachi).

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-12 07:06

      Govender how can the government be independent when its profits as a shareholder at Lonmin are at stake? That is why the police were unleashed on the miners. Not that I'm condoning the violent behaviour of the miners.

  • fortune.maswanganyi.3 - 2012-09-11 23:56

    It is not a secret anymore that Mamphele is paving her way to join the DA, her sudden criticism and dissatisfaction with the Government and the ANC is just not a surprise to us. We are also aware of her meetings with Helen Zille, she should just leave the ANC in peace and stop looking for excuses.

      Zamani.nkosi - 2012-09-12 00:08

      Has she ever been with the ANC?

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-12 02:53

      What realy makes me worry about peoples like You Maswanganyi is that,Everytime when somebidy from higher echelons of our society criticises the current leadership of the ANC,instead of you taking note of that N try to correct all the wrongs N poor leadership U brought in this country,U rather label that person as anti ANC and U know Y He/she is criticising the ANC she wants to join DA and so on and so on ,that's disgusting

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-12 07:01

      Maswanganyi Prof Ramphele has never been a member of the ANC. If she was, the ANC would have taken out its loudhailers to announcer her membership, as well as paraded her in front of the local and international media. We would also have seen her at high profile ANC meetings. Think of it this way: she has about 7 different degrees. Why would she be led by a former goatherder like all the other ANC goats :) There's also nothing wrong with the DA trying to woe her. Why is the ANC not doing the same thing?

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-11 23:57

    With due respect madam I think you got it all wrong here. Stop playing to the gallery of international media. South African problems are deep rooted and it's naive to think that they will just go away by themselves. The marriage of convenience forced by De Klerk and Mandela is over. Wish you can open a political party though. I'll gladly recruit at least one million educated voters for you.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 14:59

      Apparantly she was asked to join the DA as a possible future leader but she declined.

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-09-12 00:22

    Did she just include malema on a list of leaders?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-12 06:45

      She did. Malema has filled the leadership vacuum vacated by the ANC. After all, that is how the miners view him, as a leader. What Mamphele did not say is that Malema is a good leader. She also came short of saying Malema is a monster created and nurtured by the ANC which now incapable of reigning him in

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 15:00

      He is a failed leader.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-12 00:41

    This came from the latest UN report: "Goverments with the worst Human Rights record." 1.Syria: Ongoing conflict in the country was at the top of the agenda. 2.Bahrain: Criticised for harsh prison sentences and unfair trial procedures. 3.France: Highlighted over forced closure of Roma camps. 4.Greece: The commissioner raised the issue of violent xenophobic attacks in the country. 5.Kenya: Government urged to 'increase vigilance' after recent violence in the Tana River district. 6.Pakistan: Concerns over the use of blasphemy laws against religious minorities. 7.South Africa: The commissioner raised the violence triggered by strike action at the Lonmin platinum mine,in which 44 people died. U.N. secretary-general,Ban Ki-moon,pointed out the 5 areas which gives our country such a sad reputation: 1.Discrimination. 2.Violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 3.Women's rights. 4.Forced deportations. 5.Poverty,hunger and diseases. As long as the ANC,ANCYL,Julias Malema,and everybody else like them,does what they do in the country then South Africa will only go from bad to worse the next time any of us wake up and faces this cold world on a beautiful day.

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-09-12 00:45

    Common common just hold together for 3 more years then I'll be a software dev and a network manager (specialized), then this white youth (me) will get outta here.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-09-12 04:47

    People should stop pointing fingers solely on Anc but all the politicians cause even those who have access or powers to challenge or enforce change are doing nothing. Check how Pick n Pay is infested by labour brokers and guess who is one of major shareholder yes the DA president Helen

  • piet.boerie - 2012-09-12 05:13

    It sounds like you arte saying this government is for life and has nationalised products. Please dont get mixed up with the ANC and government. The ANC investment arm is getting benefits by been in government but the people of South Africa dont have a stake in the mines. Stop making excuses for the ANC. They have not done enough for the poor. Blaming White Inc is just an excuse for failure to deliver after 20 years of total power.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-09-12 05:15

    Sitting on the board of a mining company and commenting on mining issues/government makes u less objective regular and player as well. Though always correct u missed a point on these one.

  • bronwyngrobler - 2012-09-12 05:18

    Ramphele for President! You go girl!

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-09-12 05:50

    This is correct one is either in the civil service or the private sector - you cant be in both - as a public servant this institution should be about serving the people providing services and ensuring the climate for growth is developed, like ensuring the youth are emplyable. Our problem is our civil servants are cadres largely incompetent and greedy and wanting to have thier hands in the tills of the private sector - real democracy's and strong economy's have a clear line between the two....!

  • - 2012-09-12 06:35

    Mamphela ramphela darling of the imperialist,exploiter of our mineral wealth,coconut to the core

  • naude.andrea - 2012-09-12 07:26

    What a remarkable woman and she is absolutely correct. Can't we get more people like this in the government?

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-09-12 07:28

    The ANC can also not stand for both, democracy and communism. No wonder they've got no vision.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-12 07:42

    You can say what you like but "fat boy" is no going away. Now he is interview on CNN . Can it get any higher ? Passop vir die vettie

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-12 08:19

    Indeed Ms Mampela! Your can't be the referee and a player at the very same time!

  • Jennifer DuPreez Martin - 2014-01-06 21:23

    Maybe, just maybe, this Lady is the one to turn this country around She has been excellent in all she has done Well educated and extremely brave Education, cost of living, basic services, infrastructure and health have all suffered under the greed of the ANC I would like to see What Dr Ramphele would do ... It can't be worse than old Jabba in his 200million Rand hut

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