Deputy Minister meets ex-mineworkers

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The Deputy Minister of Minerals honourable Godfrey Olifant held a consultative meeting with ex-miners at Thabo-Moorosi multi-purpose centre on September 19, 2016.

Mining activities are at the heart of the Kuruman community and as a result, a good number of these people have once been mine workers. This also translates to the many socio-economic challenges met and still being confronted in the region that the minister, on behalf of the department, feels obliged to address in consultation with other relevant stakeholders.

The ex-mineworkers lack sufficient information on the broader spectrum of issues, causing instability in one form or another. The group lacks information about provident funds entitled to them, rehabilitation services, unemployment provident funds, compensation and developmental issues that government and mine houses ought to address them.

He said that apart from challenges, there are good avenues that ex-miners can explore to ensure they remain productive. He said skills development remains an integral component that promotes self-sustainability.

A number of people who were bussed from different villages attended the Imbizo and fired a barrage of questions that the deputy minister also needed to make researched answers.

Another big question that keeps on lingering yet remains unanswered is about the mining portal based in the region where business entrepreneurs can access business contracts with ease within the local mines. The portal currently used in the region is based in Kimberley. Locals have to travel to Kimberley for submissions for business contracts that exist within the local mines.                 

The Deputy Minister of Minerals honourable Godfrey Olifant held a consultative meeting with ex-miners at Thabo-Moorosi multi-purpose centre on September 19, 2016.

Mining activities are at the heart of the Kuruman community and as a result, a good number of these people have once been mine workers. This also translates to the many socio-economic challenges met and still being confronted in the region that the minister, on behalf of the department, feels obliged to address in consultation with other relevant stakeholders.

The ex-mineworkers lack sufficient information on the broader spectrum of issues, causing instability in one form or another. The group lacks information about provident funds entitled to them, rehabilitation services, unemployment provident funds, compensation and developmental issues that government and mine houses ought to address them.

He said that apart from challenges, there are good avenues that ex-miners can explore to ensure they remain productive. He said skills development remains an integral component that promotes self-sustainability.

A number of people who were bussed from different villages attended the Imbizo and fired a barrage of questions that the deputy minister also needed to make researched answers.

Another big question that keeps on lingering yet remains unanswered is about the mining portal based in the region where business entrepreneurs can access business contracts with ease within the local mines. The portal currently used in the region is based in Kimberley. Locals have to travel to Kimberley for submissions for business contracts that exist within the local mines.