ANC: Mines must invest in communities
The ANC has called on the private sector to invest in improving living conditions in mining communities.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Sunday called on government and the private sector to invest in mining communities and help improve their socio-economic conditions.
The party wrapped up its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Sunday at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.
The meeting was set to address issues in the mining sector, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) conference this week, and the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung this December.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the mining sector must be repaired as it is the bedrock of the South African economy.
Two mines in the North West and one in Gauteng have been brought to stand still, as thousands of miners downed tools demanding a salary of R12,500.
The NEC said companies and government have failed to invest in local communities which has led to shocking and unsanitary living conditions.
Mantashe said the ANC was calling for the platinum industry to join the centralised bargaining system.
He said it would go a long way towards finding long-term solutions in the troubled sector and contribute even more towards peaceful wage and benefits disputes.
He said the living and financial conditions faced by the miners at Lonmin's Marikana operation led to last month's tragedy in which 34 people were killed by police and 11 more during the ongoing illegal strike.
The ANC said preparations for its elective conference was running smoothly and that membership audits for the party have been completed.
Mantashe said all that is left to be done is to sign-off the audit outcome, approve the allocation of delegates to provinces and open nominations for the ANC's new leadership.