Zuma to lead mineworker plan
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Zuma to lead mineworker plan

2014-06-18 07:22

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday undertook to personally lead the landmark 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 parliament.

Zuma pledged to revitalise key mining towns, many of which had been hotbeds of labour unrest over the past two years. Among the undertakings agreed to, in October 2012, was one to build housing and other services to revitalise mining towns.

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

An inter-ministerial committee - comprising mineral resources, water and sanitation, trade and industry, social development, labour, human settlements, health, economic development and finance - had been established for this purpose.

"To further promote improved living conditions for mine workers, government is monitoring the compliance of mining companies with Mining Charter targets, relating to improving the living conditions of workers."

Mining companies were expected to convert or upgrade hostels into family units, attain an occupancy rate of one person per room, and put in place home ownership options for mine workers.

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

Comments
  • Amos Mo - 2014-06-18 07:57

    B4 tzuma start his work in mining industry firstly mst clean his mess at marikane's dead miners n tells us how many in his carbinet,ministers hv shares in tht striking mines in rustenburg

      Reality - 2014-06-18 08:16

      > tells us how many in his carbinet,ministers hv shares in tht striking mines in rustenburg All of them and so has everybody who works for the government (pension funds invest in mines), everybody who has a pension, everybody who is a member of the ANC (Invest in mines through Chancellor House) and everybody who works on a mine (their pensions are invested in the mines)

  • jonas.Bnet - 2014-06-18 08:02

    So the mines must just give more, if the miners have 2 wives is this being subsidized

  • Ons Mense - 2014-06-18 08:10

    What makes these miners so special...what about the normal hardworking average citizen that cannot afford a home and do not strike and kill like a bunch of retards?

  • Ipeleng Carthbert - 2014-06-18 08:22

    why rusternburg is not mentioned?

  • sxp - 2014-06-18 08:26

    Overbreeding is the problem and that Zuma cannot and will not stop.

  • Magezi Chabalala - 2014-06-18 10:47

    It's not the mining towns that need revitalization but it's the mining industry that need an overhaul from its pre-1994 functionality to a post 1994 mode that fits our democratic dispensation.

  • Magezi Chabalala - 2014-06-18 10:47

    It's not the mining towns that need revitalization but it's the mining industry that need an overhaul from its pre-1994 functionality to a post 1994 mode that fits our democratic dispensation.

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