• Time to join war effort

    It may be time to join Eskom in its War Room efforts, says Matthew le Cordeur.

  • Foreign friends

    Immigrants bring a powerful injection of energy and talent to SA, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • Top 10 user comments

    Eskom attracts lively commentary, but other issues also stimulated debate.

Loading...
See More

Mining companies urged to share riches

Aug 21 2012 22:22

Related Articles

Mining task force to be set up

Shabangu: Make CEOs liable for mine deaths

Shabangu: SA to dispel nationalisation fears

Mineral rights issue goes step further

Mine dismissals may reignite violence

Union: Probe role of fired Lonmin workers

 

Cape Town - The mineral resources minister on Tuesday said mining firms must do more to share mineral riches, saying the deadly Lonmin shooting was a chance to flush out bad practices still dogging the industry.

"It surely cannot be correct that mining communities such as those of Marikana and other mining areas should see prosperity and conspicuous consumption by companies and mine bosses whilst they continue to experience poverty," said Susan Shabangu.

"The mines must redouble efforts in the cause of good social and labour programmes to ensure that this happens."

Shabangu called for the industry to take the initiative to improve conditions in mines and communities.

"If they are unhappy, the industry is equally so," she told a special parliamentary debate on the tragedy at the Lonmin mine where police gunned down 34 strikers last week in a crackdown on miners protesting for higher wages.

"So, if we can all really work together, in a spirit of collaboration and fairness with minimum recrimination, we can use this tragedy to undo many of the wrong practices that still mark the mining sector," Shabangu said.

lonmin  |  susan shabangu  |  mahikeng  |  mining  |  mining unrest

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

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
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

SMALL BUSINESS

Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.
 
 

Karl Lagerfeld spotted with custom gold Apple Watch

Fashion designer Carl Lagerfeld has just proved that fashion and tech can indeed go together!

 
 

Luxury living

WATCH: Private luxury island for sale!
The most luxurious dog house!
Must see: The world’s most expensive timepiece
Exciting new luxury SUV arrives in SA!

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

What brand of smartphone has been stolen from you?

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...