'Mining industry will overcome'
Anglo American is confident the sector will overcome the challenges facing it.
CAPE TOWN - Anglo American South Africa's Executive Director Khanyisile Kweyama on Monday highlighted some of the challenges facing the mining industry.
Mine bosses are currently in Cape Town for the annual Mining Indaba.
The industry has been hit by labour unrest in the past year which has affected the economy.
Kweyama says the emergence of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has resulted in some challenges.
"Therefore there has been that tussling and jostling for membership as well as for territory. Which I guess is to be expected when a new player comes into that market. Unfortunately that has its consequences of labour unrest."
However, she praised government's response.
"I think our government was very swift in assisting. The deputy president was sent by the president to intervene and to bring peace and stability in the mining sector."
At the moment, thousands of miners have downed tools on the platinum belt.
Amcu is demanding a monthly basic wage of R12,500.
Kweyama says Amcu has to think about the workers first.
"It would be very short-sighted of the new union to be just in disrupt mode all the time. People want to work. They want to earn a living and they want to be able to take something back home and they cannot do that while they are out of work all the time."
However, she says she is confident the mining industry will overcome its challenges.
"There's a holistic approach. There is law and order. The police minister is giving the guidance and ensuring that the police are deployed appropriately during strikes."
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