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Mining indaba underway

The Minerals Resources Ministry said the tension between growth and transformation in the sector was removed.

A miner. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Minerals on Tuesday told the Mining lekgotla that the tension between growth and transformation in the sector was removed.

Government, the Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) are holding a two-day meeting with mine stakeholders in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu could not attend the event, but deputy director general Joe Raphele said huge progress had been made through a government industry task team.

"That initiative has placed mining at the centre of the political economy of our country once again."

Num President Senzeni Zokwana said all South Africans were in this together.

"If we falter, the angry voices and desperate calls may assume a state of legitimacy."

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League has been calling for the nationalisation of mines.

The League believes that nationalisation would ensure that the poor benefit from the country's wealth.

However, Shabangu has made it clear that nationalisation is not viable for the country.