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Mathunjwa2The New Age reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has called for increased beneficiation in the mining sector so that more jobs could be created.  

He called on the country’s leadership to see this as a priority, saying:  “The Department of Mineral Resources needs to include within the Mining Charter dispensation a requirement for all multinational corporations to bring beneficiation technology to the country and transfer their foreign operations to South Africa if they want to continue mining.”  Mathunjwa also noted that “mineral beneficiation has been the talk of government since the days of Susan Shabangu’s tenure as minister”.  In 2012, she reportedly said that with an estimated mineral wealth of $2.5 trillion, “beneficiation is the vehicle through which SA’s resource-based comparative advantage can be transformed into a national competitive advantage”.  But, four ministers in the department and two state presidents later, “there hadn’t been a move in implementation,” said Mathunjwa.

  • Read this report by Hloni Mashigo in full on page 4 of The New Age of 28 March 2018
  • Read Amcu’s press statement in this regard at Amcu online

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