Mining decision expected at ANC conference

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Jun 26th, 2012

South African President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech during an ANC (African National Congress) political meeting on May 15, 2011 in Soweto. South Africa heads to the polls for local elections on May 18, 2011 in a test of how long supporters of the juggernaut African National Congress are willing to wait for the promises of 1994 to be delivered. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

“There should be a decision on the role of the state in the mining industry. It’s a major issue for discussion,” he told SABC radio news.

“Everyone agrees that the mining industry is doing well, but around every mine you see abject poverty and that must change.

“… If we are not changing that we are going to a find a situation of communities becoming more and more impatient and therefore we must address that issue,” he said.

The African National Congress policy conference, starting on Tuesday, is a “preparatory conference” for the ANC’s national elective conference to be held in Mangaung in December.

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