Johannesburg, South Africa — 26 February 2013 – The South African Department of Mineral Resources has announced that a framework to ensure stability in the mining sector has been signed by all parties involved.
“Today, all stakeholders have agreed to the framework and signed,” said departmental spokesperson Zingaphi Jakuja in a statement.
The signatories are the Chamber of Mines, the SA Mining Development Association, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), UASA, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, and Solidarity, reports Fin24.
The signatories undertook to denounce violence, intimidation, and lack of respect for life and property; and to call for respect for the laws of the country and different views.
“Officials will now work on a detailed action plan as part of the implementation of the framework and will report back to the principals soon,” Jakuja said. She added that the parties had called on workers to refrain from violence, intimidation, illegal gatherings, and strikes.
Yesterday’s meeting followed three meetings last week during which input by AMCU was considered, as it had not yet signed.
“The signing of this framework is a major achievement towards bringing stability and enhancing collaboration by all key stakeholders to address challenges together in the future,” said Chamber of Mines vice president Mike Teke.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the framework would be passed on to members for their input. “The framework is positive stepping stone towards addressing socio-economic challenges facing the working class, subsequent to identifying the root causes of the mining instability and violence,” he added.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said significant progress had been made. “Our work is intended to stabilise the mining industry and will position the industry along the trajectory of sustainable growth and respond to the global market conditions.”
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