South Africa’s Presidential State of the Nation Address has revealed on government’s commitment to escalating its interventions in the mining sector.

“The acknowledgement of the global market conditions by the President is an indication that government fully comprehends that South Africa is not immune to the negative sentiments of the markets on its economy. The Chamber of Mines looks forward to working with government in promoting foreign investment in South Africa, especially in mining,” the Chamber said in a statement.

“The highlighting of the labour relations environment as an area that requires all social partners to work together, gives the sector confidence that indeed the discussion at NEDLAC on the Labour Relations Act will be resuscitated, and in this regard the Chamber welcomes the efforts to be led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.”

In his address, President Jacob Zuma indicated that he will lead the process previously led by former Deputy President Motlanthe, seeking to look into the living and working conditions of mineworkers.

“There is significant work that needs to be done to improve the lives of workers and people living in mining communities and to address the negative legacies of the migrant labour system. There is also much needed local government co-operation to realise housing needs in mining and labour sending communities,” the Chamber said.

The Sector has during the years demonstrated its commitment to the Mining Charter and all Chamber member companies have been co-operating with the review process as led by the Department of Mineral Resources.

“For the mining sector to play its part, it is critically important that the trust based collaborative partnership for growth and development between business, government and labour is built. Further, the sector is fully committed to working with government and organised labour to realise the NDP objectives as a blueprint to ensuring South Africa’s economic growth and development.

“This will require significant collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. The work to improve the investment attractiveness of the mining sector through focusing on improving the competitiveness of the sector will also require joint problem solving collaborative partnerships,” the Chamber concluded.

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