Poverty among min­ers a worry

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

SOUTH Africa is sit­ting on a tick­ing time-bomb, and if it does not ask moral and eth­i­cal ques­tions re­gard­ing the so­ciopo­lit­i­cal land­scape around the min­ing sec­tor, it will ex­plode. This is ac­cord­ing to Bishop Jo Seoka, chair­man of the Bench Marks Foun­da­tion. He was speak­ing at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fifth an­nual con­fer­ence in Joburg yes­ter­day. He said the majority of South Africans were still com­pro­mised by in­equal­ity, un­em­ploy­ment and poverty. “The new dis­pen­sa­tion has not suc­ceeded in elim­i­nat­ing th­ese ills. The gap be­tween the poor and the rich has widened,” he said. – Staff Re­porter

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