HERE’S A BRIEF RUNDOWN OF THE HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS OF TIME AS MINES MINISTER.
AT A COAL export conference in January, Shabangu hinted that the months preceding SA’s national election, due to be called in either April or May, would be her last in office, at least as mines minister.
It has been a five-year term characterised by volatility, with Shabangu endorsing the business imperatives of the mining sector and then sharply calling its leaders to book for overstepping the mark.
Even before Shabangu was appointed Minister of Mining, she had a way of attracting the headline writers. While in her role as deputy safety and security minister, she told police services at Danville in 2008: “I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot.”