Jeremy Cronin says . . .
entities sitting on TOP of our soil?
There is also the critical matter of effective strategic control over resources and over the production, beneficiation, logistics, marketing and investment processes inevitably linked to such control.
The Youth Leaguers argues that if we nationalise the mines we will be able to ensure that we beneficiate rather than simply being a primary commodity exporter. In some respects SA is already involved in
The problem is not the lack of beneficiation but the kind of beneficiation. Aluminium smelter plants are huge electricity gobblers, and the bauxite is not even mined here, but shipped from Australia. We are literally exporting at a loss South African electricity congealed into aluminium bars at a time when we are facing major electricity shortages. Our coal-fired power stations are major carbon emitters and consumers of water resources. These