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Investors want stability, says Motlanthe

Jul 04 2013 06:42 Sapa
Kgalema Motlanthe

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe (AFP)

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Pretoria - Investors in South Africa’s mining sector require stability and enforcement of the law, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Pretoria on Wednesday.

"Investors are not interested in this document [the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry]. They are interested in a stable mining industry which operates within the framework of the law and is predictable," he said.

"This document is a starting point. It gives us a plan to ensure that the industry is positioned correctly so that investors find it attractive."

The document was signed by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) deputy president Piet Matosa, Chamber of Mines' vice president Mike Teke, Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, among others.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) abstained from signing the agreement, asking for time to seek a mandate from its constituencies.

Senior Amcu officials, led by president Joseph Mathunjwa, attended the talks.

The peace pact was aimed at resolving the issues bedevilling the mining sector. Motlanthe said he hoped Amcu would sign soon.

"They requested that they would want to get a mandate to sign [from members]. They are not going to canvass on the content. That has been agreed on," he said.

"They will revert back to the secretary of this forum ASAP. They say they want time to go back to their members."

Asked how much time Amcu needed to consult its constituencies, Motlanthe said he expected the union to revert "sooner than yesterday".

He said the union had not presented any preconditions for signing the pact.

"They didn't set any preconditions. In the meeting, Amcu said they have nothing against the framework. The document contains all the input from stakeholders, Amcu included, so it is their document as much as it is ours."

Motlanthe said the framework did not spell any punitive measures.

"It is an implementation roadmap which commits that all stakeholders are going to travel the full distance together to ensure that what has been committed to is given effect," he said.

Motlanthe said all parties, including Amcu had agreed on the content of the framework.

He said future meetings would be held to monitor progress on its implementation and any problems, as they arose.

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