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amcu thumb medium80 81In a telephonic interview with Moneyweb’s Warren Thompson, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), was asked about a number of the most important issues currently affecting the mining industry.  

These included the DMR’s review of the Mining Charter, the call by the National Union of Mineworkers for Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to step down and Zwane’s proposed moratorium on the issuing and transfer of mining licenses.  Characterising the Charter as a code of good practice, Mathunjwa spoke about the need for a stakeholder engagement to set up the goals and the timeframes of how to achieve the goals.  But, he advised that Amcu had not been consulted at all on the revision.  Mathunjwa described the NUM’s call for Zwane to step down as opportunistic, but added that he was “not in favour of him”.  This was particularly so as Zwane had “never done anything” to recover the bodies of the three Lily Mine workers.  On the moratorium, Mathunjwa said that it would make matters worse because at the end of the day “we as the union will be facing job losses”.  He called on Zwane “to stop these useless, senseless decisions that he is taking.”  Mathunjwa also spoke about Riah Phiyega’s role at Marikana.

  • Read a transcript of this interview, or listen to it, at Moneyweb

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