The noble idea by the Office of the Northern Cape Premier to host the first mining indaba in the province re-cently in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district in Kuruman, received a mixed bag of fortunes.
The mining Indaba, undoubtedly the best innovation meant to bring a myriad of players and related stakeholders under the same roof, was seen by some as a mouth with some missing teeth though. The gist was to share the pros and cons in the sector and pave the way forward.
The Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary Anele Gxoyiya, based in Kimberley, only paid a courtesy visit without formal invitation from organisers to the prestigious function.
Mr Gxoyiya greatly supported the initia-tive, however said that organisers lacked inclusivity, deeming it a waste of resources. After he had been given the platform to give his contribution to the auspicious occasion, during which he called a spade a spade, he marched out of Thabo Moorosi multi-pur-
and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.
Echoing and unleashing the same com-ments he had uttered inside the hall, he said, “We were not invited as a labour movement and we just thought of coming to see what is going on. This was a very good idea to host a Northern Cape Mining Indaba however, conspicuously here, is the lack of broader inclusiveness.
“Only a few mines attended this function, yet this was an auspicious occasion where a lot of issues needed to be ironed out in the full glare of the stakeholders and the com-munity. How can such an occasion exclude chiefs from this area where these mines operate?
We suggest that another platform of this kind be organised with all sectors of the economy brought in to ensure that high le-vels of transparency can be achieved to the satisfaction of every player in the sector including the labour movement.”
There is a belief by the community that mines selectively attend to these important decision-making forums, because they know that they don't have winning respon-ses to pertinent issues raised by the people.
pose centre with his delegation, followed by both the state and the private media, he was very bold and reiterated that such an important indaba was not supposed to involve only the pre-mier, a few mining houses and departments.