Chamber applauds Zuma mining plan

Chamber applauds Zuma mining plan

2014-06-18 08:47

Johannesburg - The Chamber of Mines is encouraged by President Jacob Zuma's pronouncements on government’s commitment to escalate its interventions in the mining sector.

Spokesperson Zingaphi Matanzima said on Tuesday: "The acknowledgement of the global market conditions by the president is an indication that government fully comprehends that South Africa is not immune to the negative sentiments of the markets on its economy."

Zuma on Tuesday undertook to personally lead the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry.

"Government will play its part in the implementation of the landmark Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry, entered into by labour, business and government last year, under the leadership of former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

"The process will now be led by the president," he said, during his State of the Nation address, delivered at pParliament.

Zuma pledged to revitalise key mining towns, many of which had been hotbeds of labour unrest over the past two years.

"The focus is the mining areas of Matlosana, Emalahleni, Sekhukhune, Lephalale, West Rand, and Matjhabeng," said Zuma.

But he warned mining houses that government would monitor their progress on improving living conditions at mines, along the targets set out in the Mining Charter.

"We urge the companies to meet the 2014 deadline for these targets and extend this right to dignity to mineworkers."

Said Matanzima: "We note with much enthusiasm that President Zuma will be leading the process previously led by former deputy president Motlanthe."

She said the chamber would continue its cooperation with both the Mining Consultative Forum and the Presidential Housing Package which sought to look into the living and working conditions of mineworkers.

"There is significant work that needs to be done to improve the lives of workers and people living in mining communities and to address the negative legacies of the migrant labour system.

"There is much needed local government co-operation to realise housing needs in mining and labour sending communities."

She said for the mining sector to play its part, it was critically important that trust based on collaborative partnership for growth and development between business, government and labour was built.

Seifsa welcomes Zuma support for manufacturing

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) has also welcomed Zuma's prioritisation of the economy.

"The President’s speech was very encouraging," chief executive Kaizer Nyatsumba said in a statement.

"We welcome, in particular, his undertaking to work with the private sector to remove obstacles to investment in the country and to build inclusive growth."

Seifsa also welcomed Zuma's pledge to support local manufacturing and to encourage government departments and state-owned companies to do the same.

Nyatsumba said Seifsa would work with government and other parties to stabilise the growth of the economy.

  • Tshivhenga Ndoe - 2014-06-18 09:00

    This is NOT good news for DA supporters

      Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 09:11

      DA only preys on ANC weakness

      DerekMain - 2014-06-18 09:26

      Why? JZ783 promises lots of things that hardly ever get implemented - can't see this being any different. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      Fourhundredkg Bobbejaan - 2014-06-18 09:42

      If Zuma manages to deliver what he promises, it could be a good thing for everyone, no matter which political party they support. Unfortunately Zuma does not have a good reputation for delivering.

      Reality - 2014-06-18 10:25

      > This is NOT good news for DA supporters True, Look what happened to the 4 million jobs that were going to be created before 2014. What happened then..nothing. What is going to become of these new promises..nothing. Yes, definitely not good fact it is the same if there were no news at all.

      Reality - 2014-06-18 10:33

      > This is NOT good news for DA supporters True, this not good news for anybody living in South Africa.

      Joseph Shange - 2014-06-18 10:43

      There was talks of also removing Indians from BEE benefits about 2 months ago, is that still on the cards?

      Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 10:45

      ur comment Fourhundredkg made sense .thoughtful

  • Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 09:01


      Reality - 2014-06-18 10:26

      Good..nothing is going to happen.

      Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 10:36

      And what Good will happen by being negative ?

      Reality - 2014-06-18 10:53

      Negative? Who is negative? I am just being realistic. Zuma promised that 4 million jobs would be created before 2014. If you have not noticed is 2014 and no jobs were created. So, what makes these new promises any different to the ones he previously promised and failed to deliver on?

  • LillypopDaisydoll - 2014-06-18 09:09

    Tshivhenga it is very good news for every one. It is not good news for EFF though. And I dare say you are an EFF supporter..?

      Reality - 2014-06-18 11:05

      So, how are these new promises any different to the one where he promised 4 million jobs will be created by 2014?

  • John Williamsii - 2014-06-18 09:20

    Africa is booming Mr Zuma. Average GDP growth last year was 5.4%, on par with that of Asia.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2014-06-18 09:56

      Africa might be booming, but South Africa certainly has not boomed in almost a decade, nor does it look like it will boom in the next decade. pathetic GDP growth of 2% a year at best, and now with our first quarter of NEGATIVE growth .. if the second quarter is the same SA will be in recession again, thanks mostly to the strikers and government

  • S Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2014-06-18 09:26

    A positive move indeed. When the Cabinet moves to the crisis in the mines and also the projections on the market shift as such could give hope on the employment market. To note though, so much has been said on this issue, we hope as Zuma's term in office is not far, he would like to be remembered positively. We wish him a speedy recovery as he was not looking well during his SONA.

      DerekMain - 2014-06-18 09:33

      No we don't. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Albert Pieters - 2014-06-18 09:32

    Unfortunately our economy will be going nowhere for long time to come. Our culture of entitlement and all our restrictive labour policies and BBBBBEEE regulations is the cause of all our economic ills. To remove or change that is political suicide that not even the DA will touch. Good luck to us all.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-06-18 09:54

    The anc should have built decent housing for the miners years ago, but nooooooooooo lets wait until the economy is destroyed and use mining as a political tool anc bunch of fools

  • Valkyriaza - 2014-06-18 10:38

    Blah, blah,blah Zuma is asking for more bribes

  • Lerato Rato - 2014-06-18 10:41

    Who still believe in this thing called sona because Mbeki once said that by 2014 we won't have shacks.

  • Peter Webb - 2014-06-18 11:49

    Up grading living conditions. That is a joke. A friend of mine owns a large foundry. They spent millions of rands upgrading and building a new and huge ablution block for the workers.with only the best of materials and accessories. With in 6 months of of opening the place was wrecked and filthy. I know this because I was the plumber.

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