OPINION: Why are there no solutions to protect mining and jobs?

While politicians debate on whether to implement the Mining Charter or not, Bokoni Platinum Mines have announced that they intend to retrench 2651 workers. This comes after AngloGold Ashanti confirmation that they will retrench 8 500 miners from three mines in the Free State.

Given the research that says each mining job supports around 10 people, Xolani Gwala says that the thousands of people who will be effected by these job losses is devastating.

Read: Chamber to seek court interdict against new mining charter

What puzzles Gwala most is the fact that the fragility of the mining sector is laid bare for all the public to see, yet no one is coming up with solutions to help the situation.

There is nobody who is leading, nobody who is decisive enough about what to do in order to protect this sector and protect those jobs.

Xolani Gwala, Radio Personality

Gwala added that this lax attitude towards the trouble is the mining sector is the stuff instability is made of and countries collapse on.

Listen to Xolani Gwala full comment below:


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