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numAfro Voice reports that the revised mining charter and escalating fatalities were due to come under focus during the three-day NUM national congress, which started on Wednesday in Boksburg.  

More than 800 delegates were expected to engage on the mining sector’s pressing issues.  Media officer Luphert Chilwane said it was all systems go for the congress and that on Wednesday the president of the union, Piet Matosa, and general secretary David Sipunzi were going to unpack their reports.  President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to address the congress on Thursday.  Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe were also expected to address the delegates.  Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the labour federation took note of the fact that the sector was faced with many challenges such as fatalities and job losses.  He called on the congress to robustly discuss how jobs could be saved in the ailing industry.  Pamla also said they expected the NUM to come up with plans to stop the recently signed Independent Power Producers (IPP) programme.  He added:  “Coming out of this congress, we expect to work with a united NUM to intensify our living wage campaign through intensifying our struggle to combat unfairness in the workplace.”

  • Read more of this Afro Voice report by Tiisetso Manoko at SA Labour News

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