Shabangu meets mine reps

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pretoria - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has met with mine representatives following the incident at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Siphumelele shaft on Monday.

The representatives were from the Chamber of Mines; organised labour represented by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM); the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU); the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), UASA and the management of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

The meeting sought to canvass the immediate action to be taken by organised labour, business and government in dealing with the recurrent violence within the platinum sector.

All stakeholders condemned the violence and further committed to the promotion of the right to associate and disassociate with any union by workers.

Parties once again urged workers to refrain from intimidation and violence.

The Mineral Resources Department says it will continue to engage all stakeholders in the interest of ensuring that the South African mining industry remains productive.

Officials from organised labour, the Departments of Mineral Resources and Labour, and the Chamber of Mines will meet again tomorrow to further discuss areas of cooperation between labour and mining companies for a long term industry solution. –