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Shabangu supports youth wage subsidy

2012-06-07 09:03

Johannesburg - The implementation of a youth wage subsidy would not have a negative impact on the mining sector, but should complement it, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"We need to create a base (from) where young people can acquire skills," Shabangu told reporters at a mining lekgotla.

There was no intention for the subsidy to replace existing workers or to create cheap labour within the mineral resources sector.

It was important for the government and labour to find consensus on the subsidy, Shabangu said.

She said the lekgotla was taking place at an appropriate time, with the ANC's policy conference approaching, as outcomes from the lekgotla would be carried forward for discussion at the conference.

"The intention is for their voice (the mining industry) to be heard," said Shabangu.

Mining companies operating in South Africa should contribute to skills and economic development within the country, a policy referred to as beneficiation, she said.

"We are aware we are adopting a policy of beneficiation in the country. This is a process. Not an event... we need skills and skills development."

Shabangu said the local jewellery industry was a sector which should grow, especially with the resources required available in South Africa.

"As this department, we will sponsor a summit for the jewellery industry."

In a speech earlier on Wednesday, Shabangu emphasised the importance of consistent and stable policy making.

"Whole swathes of the world are far too unstable these days for us even to contemplate indulging in disruptive activities here at the foot of Africa."

South Africa had achieved stability and freedom since 1994 and it was imperative that this be built upon.

"South Africa missed the last commodity boom and cannot afford to miss the next one," she told delegates.

 

Comments
  • lindela.ndzulu - 2012-06-08 11:58

    Youth Wage Subsidy is a brilliant idea to me all they need to do is to put some tight controls to avoid abuse and exploaitation of the system.In SA we have shortage of skills opportunities are there,this to me can help youth to gain more skills and become employable as they will be gaining the industry exposure.

  • sgrussell87 - 2012-06-12 15:24

    A politician speaking logically and making a whole bunch of sense; is this a creative site!? "We are aware we are adopting a policy of beneficiation in the country. This is a process. Not an event... we need skills and skills development." She definitely has her head on straight. It's time for big business to their part.

  • sgrussell87 - 2012-06-12 15:24

    A politician speaking logically and making a whole bunch of sense; is this a creative site!? "We are aware we are adopting a policy of beneficiation in the country. This is a process. Not an event... we need skills and skills development." She definitely has her head on straight. It's time for big business to their part.

  • Andricca - 2012-06-21 21:18

    This idiot Shabangu has been supporting anything that look like white monopoly. She is a dierhard sell-out who has developed a false image about her really self- she must go hang

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