Gordhan: Better living conditions for miners

Gordhan: Better living conditions for miners

2014-02-18 11:45

Johannesburg - Better living conditions are needed in the mining sector, which plays an important role in the economy, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday.

"All of us need to do what we can to reintroduce stability... so that that part of the community can continue to create jobs, continue with investments... but also give workers better living conditions," he said at Fedusa's collective bargaining conference in Roodepoort.

"I think we are not working hard enough to address the migrant labour issues," he said.

Change was easy to speak about but the reality was different, said Gordhan, who will be presenting his National Budget speech to parliament next week.

Debate on the National Development Plan was done with and the time had come for implementation, he said.

He spoke in detail about the G20 summit in Sydney, Australia, this weekend saying the global economy and growth would be discussed.

His Cabinet colleague Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba was working on a document on what was and was not acceptable regarding wage gaps between workers and executives. That document would be ready soon.

Economist Mike Schüssler told delegates South Africa was a middle income country, where only 59% of households had someone working.

  • Einstein McSquire - 2014-02-18 12:13

    Gordhan... Gordhan... Gordhan... ya, the hand behind e-tolling... the hand that stole our fuel levies and says he cannot account for it because he has a small problem 'ringfensing it'... that is the man who in this case is telling the mines to pay a higher tax by dishing out better living conditions... OK, so I am actually also disgusted with the living conditions of miners, but why precisely do we have those conditions? Our miners are highly paid on a productivity basis and by comparison to other workers in SA with similar skills and responsibilities. So the question is how much are THEY willing to give up on their cost-to-company packages,to pay for their luxuries? We all take responsibility for our living quarters by sacrificing pay. Why is this simple mechanism not working mining? I know that these guys have families elsewhere and that they send their money home, but is that not their choice? Then again, the mining companies need to be a little more sensitive about public perceptions and political implications... it is the mining companies who are held accountable for minimum levels of hygiene, even if the miners do not choose to spend their salaries in this way. So more money to local accommodation, less pay to repatriate to families, strike if you like, close old mines and open new more mechanised mines, refurbish old mines once petty labour has left. Simple- fewer but better paid, higher skilled jobs, better living conditions, less money for outside communities.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2014-02-18 13:24

    Let them stay on Nkandla

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-18 15:10

    They want better housing . They must build houses for themselves .

  • Henk Delport - 2014-02-18 16:18

    Gordhan take your millions start build houses for all miners from top to bottom and zumer assist you thx

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