• Change of culture needed

    The right leadership will help SA shed its culture of violence, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • 10 tips to find bargains

    Susan Erasmus gives advice on how bargain hunters can get the most bang for their buck.

  • Inside Labour

    Labour's bitter breaches need to be seen in historical context, says Terry Bell.

See More

Mining industry 'vital for NDP'

May 24 2013 07:53 Sapa
Zweli Mkhize

Zweli Mkhize (Picture: Sapa)

Related Articles

Cadre deployment contradicts NDP - DA

ANC, Numsa set to debate NDP

Zuma slams NDP critics

Gordhan: Spend state funds more wisely

Embrace NDP, urges government

Numsa rubbishes NDP recommendations


Johannesburg - The mining industry will play an important role in delivering 11 million additional jobs as envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP), ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

"It is fair to say that the NDP, representing our vision 2030, particularly the R3 trillion infrastructure plan, rests largely on successful mining industry," Mkhize told the National Union of Mineworkers' central committee meeting in Pretoria.

"While there may be issues for continuous debate and engagement, the African National Congress urges all South Africans to unite behind the plan because we recognise that there may be areas where some may express a differing view on some of its aspects."

Mkhize said it was the first time that the country had a long-term plan which created stability and continuity and should be seen as a step in the right direction.

There has been criticism of the NDP from the Congress of SA Trade Unions and some of its affiliates.

While addressing NUM on Thursday, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said some areas of the NDP were in conflict with the trade union federation and the NUM's standing policies.

"We cannot accept its view that the way to create jobs is through the deregulation of the labour market and the introduction of lower entry wages for young workers," said Vavi.

"We shall also reject its major labour market proposals to entrench and further promote a multi-tier labour market and the downward variation of minimum standards of employment."

Vavi said Cosatu would resist these "anti-worker" proposals from ever being implemented by government and employers.

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has also publicly criticised the plan.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim previously said the union saw the NDP as a departure from the ANC's Freedom Charter and as no different from Democratic Alliance policies. He said capitalists were "very happy" with it.

Earlier on Thursday, NUM president Senzeni Zokwana in a veiled reference to Numsa said the ANC could not be accused of stealing DA policies.

"How can you claim the ANC has copied a DA document when the DA has copied an ANC document?," he asked the meeting.

He said there needed to be solidarity.

Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

zweli mkhize  |  ndp  |  mining


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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:


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.

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!


Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it

Money Clinic

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

Voting Booth

How do you see your boss? He/sheis:

Previous results · Suggest a vote