I believe in SA, says Anglo CEO

2012-10-22 12:52

Johannesburg - British multinational Anglo American [JSE:AGL] head Cynthia Carroll has urged authorities to restore order as violent mining strikes rage on with more than 50 deaths since August, local media reported.

"What we are looking for right now, the starting point, and what we've been really reinforcing in our meetings with the government is law and order. It starts with law and order," Carroll told Business Day newspaper in an interview.

"I believe in the country, and the ministers I'm dealing with are great," she told the paper.

"They have a sense of urgency and they understand this is ultra-serious and that the solutions will not come from one organisation or the private sector."

Carroll met with mining and finance ministers last week while a mass wage-hike strike crippled production at Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats), where 28 000 workers have refused to go underground for five weeks.

Less than 20% of the top global platinum producer's Rustenburg mine northwest of Johannesburg are currently on the job, company spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said.

Carroll remained adamant that 12 000 illegal strikers dismissed early October would not be rehired.

"We will not accept criminals in our organisation. We will not accept people intimidating or killing people, burning them alive ... It's brutal and it's gruesome," she told the newspaper.

The fired workers have refused their dismissal, demanding a pay-rise to at least R12 500 - almost double the current pay of some.

Months of violent strikes have strangled production in mines, causing a 2.6% drop in platinum output in August.

Over 50 people have died in strike-related violence that started with a deadly stoppage at the Lonmin platinum mine in nearby Marikana. Police killed 34 people in clashes at the mine on August 16.

The diversified miner's chief executive however said workers were not dismissed as part of a business overhaul at the Rustenburg operations.

"We did not create illegal strikes or create an environment where people's lives were put at risk," she said.

President Jacob Zuma last week urged illegal strikers to return to work.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-22 13:01

    Pay the hard workers then if you want to see your believe becoming real

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-22 13:38

      how about first WORKING HARD to see their belief coming true. work = pay NOT pay me more and I will work!

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-10-22 13:47

      You believe in our minerals and still don't wan't to pay workers good salaries.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-10-22 14:37

      Pay the workers what their job is worth. That is the only solution.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-22 20:01

      Cynthia.., darling.., if you "believe in SA", then why did your co join the chicken-run (out of SA) and moved its HQ to London..? Or did Anglo then already foresee that SA was a basket-case in the waiting, under post-94 under weight of mobs of obtuse goons, like semonatenate..?

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-22 13:01

    Well if you are up to your nose in something you only really have one option... SWIM AND BE POSITIVE!

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-22 13:06

    Yes, Shabangu and Gordhan are saying the right things, but they're not really getting any backing from their boss, are they?

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-22 13:16

    We all "believe" in SA. What we believe is dwarfed by what we do. Time we get off our arses and get this house in order. Believe what you want, what the ANC is doing, is destroying the country.

  • erich.voigt - 2012-10-22 13:18

    Having only a SA passport will prove you are serious! If you have another passport (as well), who are you trying to kid! Analogy: Chicken and Pig eating Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-10-22 13:19

    I would also believe in SA if I can earn 1 million a month while the employees work for slave wages to make me rich..

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-22 14:01

      Nothing stop you in starting your own company and employ staff and pay them better. You might even find a spot open at the Aurora group. When you join them you get a Merc for free!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-22 15:42

      Get off your ass and make it happen. This mentality of "you owe me a better salary" is typical of someone who is lazy.

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-22 13:21

    Carte Blanche sure was interesting last night... shows how corrupt all these mining companies really are.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-22 13:48

      agreed! The mines have not kept to their agreement, but i do not condone the way these miners are going about it. And second, the miners are not striking for the upliftment of the community (as per the signed agreement), they are striking for PERSONAL gain!

  • john.thelps - 2012-10-22 13:31

    After watching Carte Blanche last night we all realize the big companies are nothing but prostitutes of the government. The difference is you get screwed and you pay for the pleasure...

  • paddy.pereira - 2012-10-22 13:34

    I dont believe she had any other option but to be positive , despite the sky falling in on RSA

  • magatikele.magatikele - 2012-10-22 13:34

    What you are paying them is too little compared with what you are getting in return. I am not supporting the manner in which they are addressing their grievances. I am saying you need to understand that you must reemploy them and protect your employees by paying them well. Again advice your partners in labour, namely COSATU that, they need to getrid of this issue of only one union. Good luck. I am sure you will reemploy them

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-22 13:40

    How do the young people say " What ever".

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-22 13:42

    she dont have a choise but to believe in the corrupt hand that feeds her corrupt greedy mining company

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-22 13:46

    She has no choice but to believe in SA, or at least to say so.

  • alpheus.nethononda - 2012-10-22 14:26

    You got to "Believe" Cynthia Carroll, you gotta believe.How time flies, now back to my picket line........

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-22 14:36

    She just loves the money. It is time to be honest. If that company had any moral standards they would have refused to pay taxes to a very evil and corrupt regime long time ago.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-22 18:39

      That sounds like a great idea, except that they must apply for their mining licences from the very same government. Beside, not paying tax could result in the CEO beong incarcerated or the mining assets attached.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-10-23 11:25

      If it is done lawfully, then there should be no problem. A geat idea should also never be allowed to get stifled by government intervention. In this case a criminal government who is then policemen over themselves. That is very sick and not good for any human being or company for that matter.

  • marthinus.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-22 14:39

    The government themselves are a bunch of crooks with no brains, don't believe them.

  • noko.masipa - 2012-10-22 14:44

    I believe in South Africa too! Thank you for taking the leadership in this regard.

  • Rallyround - 2012-10-22 17:05

    She should set the example and freeze her salary and all those earning over R500,000 pa until the the top 10% earn less the 50% of the total earnings of Anglo.

  • jnaledi1 - 2012-10-22 17:30

    Who is she calling Criminals,these people....

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-26 12:17

      People that intimidate, destroy property and kill are criminals. She was right not to take them back. She might retire now.

  • Rallyround - 2012-10-23 00:31

    Anglo's top executive has undertaken to freeze her annual salary adjustment and those of all in Anglo who earn more than R500,000 pa until the salary budget of the top 10% is equal to less than 50% of the total wage package. She says that this will be a good start to reverse the upward and outward spiral to a downward spiral into the local economy and will stimulate entrepreneurship in the informal sector. Those at the base of the triangle will receive adjustments which will reduce the inequality in the ranks of Anglo. She said that those earning above R500, 000 would lose absolutely nothing. She said further that these were not austerity measures as Anglo's total wage packet remained the the same. She denied the rumour started by Investec and the Cape Times that top executives would be firing their domestic workers as malicious and disengenious. If we did that, she added, it would make South African executives the laughing stock of the world.

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