President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is committed to working with the mining industry to make the sector a more people-friendly job provider.

Addressing delegates at the Mining Indaba at the CTICC, he said it is important that mining companies not only invest in their infrastructure and operations but also in the development and well-being of their employees.

Ramaphosa says greater output and profit margins should not only benefit mining companies and the GDP but also the thousands of South Africans who do this tough and selfless work.

Watch Ramaphosa’s full address here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the mining sector has an important role to play in South Africa’s just energy transition.

Ramaphosa addressed delegates at the 2022 Mining Indaba at the CTICC today and said it is vitally important that the country, in its attempts to become less reliant on carbon fuels, implement realistic and sustainable future energy goals.

He said the recent implementation of the Independent Power Producers Programme was a definite step in the right direction.

Access Ramaphosa’s full address here and here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says he’s heard loud and clear the message that workers who booed him off the stage at a Worker’s Day Rally were trying to convey.

Ramaphosa was meant to address ANC alliance partner Cosatu’s main Worker’s Day rally in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, North West on Sunday.

After failing to get striking workers from Sibanye Stillwater’s gold operations to calm down on at least two occasions, Ramaphosa had to make his way to a police Nyala swiftly and left the stadium, his speech undelivered.

In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says, these workers wanted to be heard and they wanted their union leaders and government to understand the challenges they face.

“As political and union leaders, we have all heard the workers and understand their frustration.” “More than that, we are firmly committed to take the necessary action to improve their lives and their working conditions. This is not something that government can do on its own. It needs both labour and business, and indeed the whole of society, to work with government to implement an agreed set of measures to grow and transform the economy.”

The President says: “The workers at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium also made plain what nearly every South African knows: the working class and the poor of our country are suffering.”

“They made the firm point that we must do more, and act with greater urgency, to address issues of unemployment, poverty, deprivation and hunger. At the same time, we must establish more efficient mechanisms to enable workers to participate more fully in the formulation and implementation of policy and programmes,” he added.

In a statement following the incident, COSATU said that Ramaphosa being chased away from Cosatu’s Worker’s Day rally was “regrettable” and “unacceptable.” But the trade union added that this should also serve as a warning to the ANC.”

 

In his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured South Africans that there is light at the end of the Eskom tunnel. On 11 April 2021 Eskom implemented Stage 2 loadshedding when Unit 5 tripped at Medupi Power Station wiping 700 MW from the national grid.

The light at the end of the loadshedding tunnel dimmed as more generation units tripped over the Easter weekend and Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 loadshedding nationally.

In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says the current phase of loadshedding is the “result of policy missteps and the impact of state capture over many years.” Ramaphosa writes: “To solve this intractable problem, we need to understand its roots. South Africa’s fleet of coal-fired power stations are old and their performance is deteriorating.”

“Despite warnings from energy experts about impending energy shortages nearly two decades ago, there was a delay in commissioning new generation capacity. When construction began on Medupi power station in Limpopo in 2007 it was the first power station to be built by Eskom in more than 20 years. Medupi has subsequently been beset by delays, costs overruns, and breakdowns due to design problems, with many of these challenges linked to allegations of corruption.”

During a report back session to Members of Parliament, Eskom board member and head of Business Leadership SA, Busisiwe Mavuso walked out when she believed the current board and management were being blamed for all the failures they inherited at the power supplier.

In his newsletter, Ramaphosa reiterated his support for the board of Eskom and their turnaround strategy. “We owe the board and management of Eskom our full support as they work to turn the utility around. They have to keep the lights on while rebuilding Eskom as a viable entity that fulfills its developmental mandate as a state-owned enterprise, and positioning it for a just energy transition.”

Well-known academic, professor Dewald van Niekerk says the current transitional regulations, in place for the next 30 days, can be challenged in court.

The regulations came into effect after the State of Disaster regulations fell away at midnight last week Monday evening.

Van Niekerk, founder and head of the African Centre for Disaster Studies at North-West University spoke to Newsroom Afrika and says the transitional regulations baffle his mind.

He says any regulation, to be enforceable, should function under some form of law.

Read more on the regulations here.

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