Sanco is calling for jobs sum­mit

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THE SA Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) has called for an ur­gent eco­nomic and jobs sum­mit to ad­dress con­cerns of the SA Cham­ber of Mines re­gard­ing the con­tro­ver­sial new Min­ing Char­ter.

“Any form of dis­in­vest­ment in the min­ing in­dus­try and associated job losses have a po­ten­tial to desta­bilise com­mu­ni­ties, as well as deepen poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity,” said Sanco spokesper­son, Jabu Mahlangu.

The civic move­ment said that the sum­mit must also ex­plore in­ter­ven­tions to avert the re­trench­ment of 8 500 min­ers an­nounced by An­gloGold Ashanti (AGA) and work to save jobs in the min­ing sec­tor.

Mahlangu said that sus­tain­able min­ing would only be re­alised if it in­cluded ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion, sus­tain­able com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, lo­cal pro­cure­ment and so­cial in­vest­ment ini­tia­tives. “While trans­form­ing from an ex­trac­tion econ­omy, the min­ing in­dus­try must con­trib­ute to­wards in­clu­sive growth and the coun­try’s eco­nomic recovery,” he said.

PHOTO: DUMISANI SIBEKO

Com­mu­ni­ties fall­ing un­der the Mapela Tra­di­tional Coun­cil in Mapela, Mokopane, are trad­ing their land for jobs at An­glo Plat­inum’s Mo­galak­wena Mine.

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