Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

15 August 2014

South Africa: Mining Lekgotla 2014 - Five Key Points

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It's the third annual Mining Lekgotla, and the big players in the industry have gathered in Midrand to discuss how mining can contribute to the new South Africa. GREG NICOLSON sifts through the chatter to bring you only the most important nuggets of information.

Transformers, coming to a mine near you?

Everyone agrees: the industry needs to do more for mining communities and to promote equality. Leading a group of protesters affected by mining at the event, Methodist Church Bishop Paul Verryn said: "We demand our rightful place within a democratic South Africa for which our forefathers died and for which we continue to struggle so that our children are not cursed with the colonial heritage of poverty while they live in a wealthy country." Touching on mining's legacy of exploitation, he added that "communities will not accept the scraps from the table of the masters."

Mineral resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the Lekgotla that as the deadline for the Mining Charter's transformation goals is up this year, much more needs to be done to pacify communities and the wider public's hostility towards mining. "We shall regain their confidence only when they feel improvement in their material conditions," he said....

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