The South African mining sector grew by 2.3% in 2012, representing the creation of 11,754 jobs, says the country’s mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu.

In a written reply to parliamentary questions from the National Council of Provinces the minister said that her department had estimated that the sector would generate about 14,000 jobs over the next 10 years in line with government’s economic policy, the New Growth Path, reports BDlive.

“However, the global challenging economic situation has had a negative impact on job creation,” she added.

In her reply, Shabangu said the number of operating mines and quarries had increased from 993 in 2004 to 1,579 in 2012 — an increase of 59.01%.

A total of 64,302 jobs were created during the same period, averaging 9,186 jobs per year.
Shabangu said the current social and labour plan was emphatic on investment in community development close to the mines, while the mining charter sets targets for human resources development, off-setting mechanisms for beneficiation, procurement and enterprise development.

She stated that all of those were contributors to creating entrepreneurial ad employment opportunities.

In her reply to another question concerning acid mine water drainage, the minister said the amendments to the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act would introduce appropriate sanctions of up to 10% of a company’s revenue in the event of gross negligence resulting in noncompliance, including acid mine water drainage.

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