Least mines could do is save jobs

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tom Mh­langa

THE NEWS that An­gloGold Ashanti is plan­ning to re­trench more than 8 000 work­ers is a big blow.

This sad news comes at a time when the 30% black own­er­ship min­ing char­ter is on the ta­ble.

It also comes when the rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion de­bate is fresh in our minds.

What will be the rel­e­vance of this trans­for­ma­tion if it does not cre­ate jobs but sheds them?

Peo­ple don’t eat pro­pos­als and slo­gans. They want tan­gi­ble so­lu­tions that are mean­ing­ful to their liveli­hoods, not just rhetoric.

De­spite the fact that the unions are promis­ing work­ers a fair deal, that is a short-term deal. In the long run, work­ers will suf­fer.

Min­ing com­pa­nies have made a lot of money since the de­vel­op­ment of cap­i­tal­ism in South Africa, at the ex­pense of work­ers. The least they should do is to help save and cre­ate jobs rather than shed them.

The tech­ni­cal re­ces­sion must also not be used as an ex­cuse for this prob­lem. Braam­fontein

HARD LABOUR: Min­ers at An­gloGold Ashanti’s Mpo­neng Mine.

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