The ANC is a national liberation movement. It was formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.
The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
Author : Jackson Mthembu
15 January 2013
The ANC condemns the action taken by Anglo American Platinum Limited who have exploited and then mercilessly created conditions to eliminate 14 000 jobs of which 13 000 are in the Rustenburg area. An area in our country, which is already experiencing huge unemployment rates.
This decision is cynical and dangerous in the extreme. When Amplats applied to switch from the old order rights to new order mining rights, they submitted a 50-year plan, which included a social labour plan.
This new decision begs the question of what has happened to the orignal plan and indeed why the motivation for the review of its business change model, which they ascribe to their decision, is based on maximization of profit and a very reckless decision to divest in some of the mines including Union section at the right time
This decision is part of a strategy to divest its business from South Africa and relegate the mines in South Africa to `dogs`.
Amplats actively undermines the strategic plan of the South African government to create jobs.
In our view this decision is not new and it is disingenuous for Amplats to try to present as a new plan, which will create 14000, jobs elsewhere.
The ANC is not persuaded by this argument and the scant detail provided on the so-called creation of an equivalent number of new jobs suggests to us that we are all being spun a yarn.
This action by AMPLATS convinces us that a move to have all the mining licenses reviewed is not misguided. Our country cannot continue to be the hosts of callous extraction of minerals for the sole benefit of profits for external investors with limited beneficiation to our own communities and in particular the complete disregard for the plight of workers is not only a travesty but is a disgrace to the industry.
We call on the Minister of Minerals and Energy to call an urgent meeting of the industry with a view to considering the idea of companies who want moth ball shafts to surrender their licenses in respect of those shafts so that they can be put on a public auction for new owners who are still hungry to mine to put them to good use.
ANC National Spokesperson
African National Congress
Jackson Mthembu 082 370 8401
Keith Khoza 082 823 9672