JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s deputy president will meet with the mining industry and unions on Thursday for a regularly scheduled forum aimed at bringing stability to the sector, as a crippling platinum strike approaches its ninth week.
To report errors in the texts of articles published, fill out the information below and click Send Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s spokesman Thabo Masebe said the meeting would have taken place even if there was no strike, but it could give the world’s top platinum producers and the striking AMCU union a chance to meet for the first time since wage talks collapsed almost three weeks ago. Asked if issues around the strike would be raised, an industry source said the meeting would "cover all of these critical aspects". Motlanthe is the government’s point man on labour tensions in the country’s mining sector but past meetings have done little to ease them. The biggest mining strike in South Africa since apartheid ended two decades ago is hitting economic growth, making it an unwelcome distraction for President Jacob Zuma and his ruling ANC party as general elections loom on May 7. Thursday’s meeting will be attended by the main mining unions, […]