Ramatlhodi calls for transformation in mining sector

Ngoako Ramatlhodi says four employee categories met the 40 percent target towards employment equity.

Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Tuesday said the mining charter assessment figures showed that a lot still needed to be done to transform the sector.

He was speaking at the release of the compliance assessment report in Pretoria for the last decade.

The minister also announced that the ministry, mining houses and unions would together approach the courts to get clarity on how to asses questions of ownership.

Ramatlhodi said only four employee categories exceeded the targeted number of 40 percent target towards employment equity.

"Top management is on 73 percent, senior management is on 50 percent, middle management is 56 percent, junior management is 68 percent and core and critical skills is 79 percent."

He said only two in every three mine rights holders had converted hostels to either family or single units.

"More needs to be done to address the broader objectives of ensuring that mineworkers live in decent accommodation."

The minister urged mining companies to operate responsibly and implement the policies of the country.

The minister also said about 20 percent of South Africa's mining companies had not provided details about their compliance with the charter but they were mostly smaller players.

Social and labour plans, training programmes and the demographic composition of boards and management teams are all part of the charter.