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Zuma quizzed on mining package

Zuma announced a special package for mining communities in the wake of the Marikana tragedy.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma on 23 July 2012. Picture: Sheldon Morais/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A technical task team has been appointed to deal with blockages in implementing a special package designed to improve the living conditions of mineworkers, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Last year, the president announced a special package for mining communities in the wake of the Marikana tragedy.

At least 34 striking workers were gunned down during a confrontation with police at the North West mining town in August 2012.

On Wednesday, Zuma answered questions in the National Council of Provinces about the package, the mining sector and job creation.

The president says while there has been progress in the implementation of the presidential package, government has encountered several challenges along the way.

One of them is trying to ensure stable industrial relations in the troubled sector.

Senior officials from the technical task team will address delivery blockages, Zuma says.

The task team will focus on ensuring decent housing in mining towns and on improving labour relations.

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