Least mines could do is save jobs
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.