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Motlanthe to hold crucial mine talks

Jun 13 2013 18:43 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will hold a meeting in Pretoria with key players in the mining industry on Friday, the presidency said.

"The meeting is part of government's efforts to engage role players in mining to stabilise the mining industry and work towards a sustainable solution to the current problems afflicting the industry," it said in a statement on Thursday.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Association of Mineworkers' and Construction Union (Amcu), Uasa, Solidarity, the National Council of Trade Unions, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the Federation of Unions of SA, the Chamber of Mines, and the SA Mining Development Association were expected to attend.

Labour relations in the mining sector have taken centre stage since the killing of 44 people near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana last year.

Tensions between the NUM and rival Amcu have intensified in the platinum sector, leading to violence and strikes.

President Jacob Zuma has tasked Motlanthe with leading interactions with the unions and mining companies.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu will assist him.

The presidency said Motlanthe had spent the past two weeks holding discussions with the trade unions, federations, and the Chamber of Mines.

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