'Mining essential to economic development'

Jeff Radebe was speaking on behalf of Jacob Zuma at the Chamber of Mines annual Mining Lekgotla in Midrand.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says South Africa's mineral resources belong to all South Africans and the industry should be transformed to reflect this.

Radebe spoke on behalf of President Jacob Zuma at the Chamber of Mines annual Mining Lekgotla in Midrand on Wednesday evening, calling for industry captains to debate issues of transformation within the volatile sector.

The minister says government considers mining essential to economic development.

He says it's worrying that not all stakeholders in the mining industry have adhered to the mining charter, which calls from transformation within the sector.

"Success of the charter will be a boost to the success of other sectors' transformative policies."

Radebe told the Mining Lekgotla to come up with bold suggestions of how transformation can be achieved and when.

He says unresolved tensions in the mining industry should be dealt with soon, in order to stabilise the sector, which has been hit by industrial action and work stoppages in the past two years.