No nationalisation of mines - ANC

President Jacob Zuma during his closing speech of the 2012 ANC Policy Conference. Picture: ANC
MIDRAND - The ANC on Friday said it's policy conference decided not to nationalise mines, but the party does want more state intervention in the mining sector.

The chair of the ANC’s economic transformation commission Enoch Godongwana said there were robust conversations about the issue

“We discussed broadly whether we should retain nationalisation as an option, but the greater consensus where we agreed is there should be a greater state in intervention.”

He said this was an eternal debate.

But delegates were in favour of a strong state mining company.

During his closing speech, President Jacob Zuma discussed greater state intervention in the mining sector.

But Zuma did not say the state should take over mines that are run privately.

Zuma said the mining sector should have a developmental impact and should create jobs.

He said delegates agreed there was a need for radical and economic transformation.

"The conference resolved that the interventions required to speed up change can be understood as marking the second phase of the transition to a national democratic society, instead of the second transition proposed by the national executive committee.”

The President said the second phase will require the renewal of the ANC.

Earlier, delegates made decisions on a number of issues in its agenda this year, including ways to curb the teachers strike.

The party decided to retain separate local government elections and to create new ways to stop teachers’ strikes.

It will also put an end to the out-sourcing of hospital services and to work towards fifty-fifty percent gender parity in the private sector.

Zuma also told delegates that urgent and extraordinary measures was needed to deal with youth unemployment.

He said delegates agreed that radical policies were necessary to address the country's triangle of problems namely unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“Some of the proposals on the table include those contained in the national youth development strategy, a tax credit to incentivise youth employment and provision of training subsidies.”

Delegates discussed a variety of issues during the four day conference.

The bigger issues included nationalisation, youth service, teachers strike, health issues, polygamy and the demarcation of provinces.


KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said they wanted to create a new body that will determine salaries for teachers.

Mkhize denied that they capitulated the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on the issue of making education an essential service.

“It means that body would be the one everybody defers to in relation to the remunerative packages of the professionals. It never arises that were have to go and bargain.”


Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said laundry, security and cleaning services in hospitals must be brought back in house, meaning government should handle the services itself.

The delegates resolved that out-sourcing will be put to an end.

The party’s Gender Commission said polygamy oppressed woman.

The commission said they want a 50/50 gender split in the private sector.

Member of the commission Hlengiwe Mkhize said delegates wanted to make sure that women have 50 percent of the power in the ANC.

“They made reference to practices within our own organisation were women, as a trend, tend to be deputies.”

Mkhize said they were working on ‘zebra principle’ to address the matter.

The commission said it is prepared to live with people in the ANC who practice polygamy even though it rejected it.


Earlier on Friday, members of the legislature and governance commission recommended that a panel of experts should be appointed to look at the demarcation of provinces and whether they should be reduced.

It proposed that the ANC must review and reduce the number of provinces in the country.

Chairperson of the commission Nomaindia Mfeketo said a panel must be appointed to look at the issue.

“This cannot be done through a thumb suck. The President needs to appoint a commission of people with expertise to deliberate on how to demarcate the country.”