Zuma urges miners, bosses to end dispute

2012-09-17 16:27

Johannesburg - Miners and mine bosses must urgently resolve their disputes which are undermining the economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"We ... wish to urge the workers and their employers to find solutions to the dispute without further delay, given its ongoing impact on the economy," he told Cosatu's 11th national congress in Midrand.

Zuma warned that South Africa could not afford to go into recession.

"We cannot afford to go into a recession, and revert to the 2008 and 2009 period where the country lost close to a million jobs, which we are still battling to recover."

The gold and platinum sector had lost almost R4.5bn in production in the past nine months due to work stoppages, he said.

The coal sector had lost R118m in this period.

"The National Treasury estimates that through its indirect impact on the economy, the strike actions in addition to other stoppages have subtracted close to R3.1bn already from the national fiscus," Zuma said.

The manufacturing sector was also showing strain.

He said government would continue to help the mining negotiations through the department of labour.

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  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-09-17 16:38

    undermine |??nd?r'min; '?nd?r?min| verb [ trans. ] erode the base or foundation of (a rock formation). • dig or excavate beneath (a building or fortification) so as to make it collapse.

  • july.nhlapo - 2012-09-17 16:40

    Strikers always win. 1976 June 16 = 1994. The miners deserve a decent salary just like Russian Army!

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-17 16:43

    At some stage government must grow balls and clip the MEC's (Minerals Energy Complex) wings. The MEC complex has been far too powerful for far too long. From Cecil John Rhodes' times up until today.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-09-17 16:44

    Yep, if its up to the miners and their bosses, who needs a UNION.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-17 16:48

    This could be resolved if miners had realistic wage requests! However they all are living in Malema dream land. See how costly it is to give citizens a poor quality education Mr Prez??? They cant even do simple maths!

  • afrikeni - 2012-09-17 17:38

    If mine bosses yield to this as is, they have their own whiskers to blame. Once govt & workers smell there is fear, the flood gates are open & that will be clear that violence PAYS & that will be a FACT. Imagine other SECTORS that will hold everyone & the economy by the balls, there is a lot at stake here!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-17 18:04

    Zuma and his cadres have realised they are going to have a lot less money to steal from the countries coffers.

  • alf.pop - 2012-09-17 20:32

    What role does government play? Any agreement in the mining sector involves workers, unions, mine owners, government,. a highly regulated industry. Why then this cloak and dagger stuff? Is it hitting too close to home with some ANC comrades in the firing line if the truth comes out? The spear is blunt and bent!

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