Ramatlhodi: I did not abandon wage talks

Ramatlhodi: I did not abandon wage talks

2014-06-10 10:47

Pretoria - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi denied on Tuesday that he "abandoned" wage negotiations in the platinum mining sector.

"I strongly believe we've done enough work... for the parties to be able to move forward [independently]," he told reporters in Pretoria.

"It is a misperception that I am abandoning the talks."

The minister set up an intergovernmental technical task team two weeks ago to intervene in talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and platinum mining companies.

Amcu members downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have so far rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

On Saturday, Ramatlhodi said he would pull out of the talks if no agreement was reached by Monday.

Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum, and Lonmin said they would look at other options.

So far, the industry has lost R21.8bn in earnings, while employees have forfeited wages of around R9.7bn according to a website set up by the companies.

  • Koos Luerre - 2014-06-10 11:01

    Got the 2 Mercs and body guards, moved into the palace, got his parliamentary pension for life, organised a tender or 2. Now sit back and enjoy the gravy train.

      Gavin Venter - 2014-06-10 11:35

      ALL ABOARD - Toot Toot !!

  • mwicraig - 2014-06-10 11:01

    Idiot personified!!

  • Rowan Maulson - 2014-06-10 11:01

    So you threaten to pull out if a resolution is not reached by x date, then after x date with no resolution you say you haven't pulled out. Ngoako, you need to start remembering the lies you've told, then at least you wouldn't look like such an idiot.

  • mwicraig - 2014-06-10 11:02

    Idiot personified!!

  • mwicraig - 2014-06-10 11:03

    Useless moron!!

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-06-10 11:04

    The strike ran for 5months without him, how does his abandonment affect the negotiations? They mine bosses and AMCU probably don't give a dammm about that

  • Edward Radingoana - 2014-06-10 11:09

    Ramatlhodi is lying. He was instructed by Mantashe to abandon the talks as to hit back on EFF which they believe is the one influencing the strike. He had been useless anyway, hopefully the parties will settle without him.

      Masilo Phineas Molaiwa - 2014-06-10 11:23

      Yes its true on the other side they say Mathunjwa rejected new offer, my question is ' how much are they talking about? Or its that one we rejected before. They must state how much was new offer and stop going around....

  • Leonard Tau - 2014-06-10 11:12

    ngwoako is there to help them come together but if the concerned parties are not interested he can do nothing since u cannot force a donkey to drink water

  • Zanempi Wesley Ketso - 2014-06-10 11:20

    How many people have died demanding the R12,500 since 2012 pls Gov just give the people what they ask for pls

      TBang Bang - 2014-06-10 11:58

      How will that be archived?? Take you fingers out of your ears please!

  • Boikanyo Elton Mokgatle - 2014-06-10 11:31

    Ramatlhodi do you know when is July 2017??wa nyela

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2014-06-10 11:36

    What have you done then. few weeks in the job and you already denied what you done.

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2014-06-10 11:38

    So you lied?

  • Robert Montlha - 2014-06-10 11:43

    The problem with South Africans is that they have been brainwashed to believe that everything the ANC does is not good for the country. In reality, the Minister has tried all avenues of resolving this impasse and if neither of the parties is willing to back down, the Minister is not a Messiah. You cannot talk sense to people who don't appreciate it.

      Zwidofhela Nelushi Munyai - 2014-06-10 11:47

      u r ryt man the minister tries his best but amcu leader mr mathunjwa is very starborn and he wil end up in jail or died

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-06-10 11:44

    Tsk tsk....

  • Zwidofhela Nelushi Munyai - 2014-06-10 11:51

    lets the sturbon people deid by hungry

      Levi Malevu - 2014-06-10 12:07

      lets you died by spelling

  • Solly Dube - 2014-06-10 11:52

    It was going to be very difficult to convince ramaposa mbethe zuma radebe mantashe motsepe khulubuse and others to share their wealth with miners. What did u expect sir? Let's stop pointing fingers at overseas share holders, there's more shareholders at luthuli house. The black capitalists must take responsibility

      Bones Facts - 2014-06-10 12:15

      Remember the gvment cn only act s the mediator nd thus cn not take sides.It is not a political matter but between the employer nd employee representatives..get ur facts straight!

  • Mpho Mkhalipi - 2014-06-10 12:07

    Mathunjwa is basically more dangerous because he is a man without honor or conception of it. He lives to win,and cares not one whit how it is done nor who suffers from his actions. The only solution left is for the nation to collect more than a million signatures through facebook petition and force Zuma's hand to intervene.

  • Garry Emerton - 2014-06-10 12:24

    What a load of rubbish, he saw it would be a difficult job to convince both parties them to compromise and decided to do the usual and run away. And this strike has already cost the country in every possible way. Now THATS a goverment with COMMITMENT for you!

  • King Kingsoul - 2014-06-10 13:01

    yes thats true you were threatened by mantashe.eish from sol plaatjie to mantashe was a loss to the so called anc.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-10 13:12


  • Sakhile Goodman Sokhela - 2014-06-10 13:50

    The minister should be applauded for his attempt to mediate both parties, we all know that his intention was to mediate for the benefits of the ppl as the government and to resolve the issue for the nations benefit. However he can do so far the blame cannot be on him I feel sorry for him cos there are forces behind his pulling out. For example the black capitalism within the party of the Anc that brought his moral down. The same ppl who want this strike to end at the favour of the Investors are the same black capitalist and European capitalist who will never let go of their past. If I have a cow as a black man I know it will give birth to more cows,it will give me milk to drink it will take care of my vegetables in my garden meaning a white man will never stop to enslave a black man cos he will dig gold and platinum for him and he will not remunarate him cos of the way he was brought up to always thin that a black man is my slave.

  • Vester McFun DeLerider Phiri - 2014-06-10 15:06

    My question is,If Ngoako is backing down,after he was confident he was gonna end the strike,why is he suddenly interested..?Is it because they have secured the votes,2014 elections,or is this a plot to actuall say "We (ANC) have tried and we just can't seem to end the strike...it makes me sad for a african leaders to actually point fingers instead of finding a solution! And another thing ,I don't know how many times we urged the government to take part from go...people died at the Marikana,was the governmarnt present..?No...The NUM was frauding the workers and the workers took it to the streets,what did the government do? Nothing....They knew if they did so,their Montly or annual returns will surfer...we are on a brink of a great chatastrophy...politics eating us up like acid on an overall!

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