South African Leaders Agree to Framework for Sustainable Mining
A statement from the office of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma called for all participants in the meeting to recognize that the mining industry is central to South Africa’s economy and that the industry currently faces difficult economic conditions.
The draft framework included commitments from each group to a set of guiding principles; roles to be played; ensuring security, law and order; strengthening labor relations; a roadmap for future work; and implementation structures.
The document addressed the full range of issues that have unsettled South Africa’s mining industry since the deaths of 34 striking miners in a confrontation with police at the Marikana platinum mine on August 16, 2012. A final version of the framework agreement was scheduled to be released on June 26.
All parties to the meeting agreed to meet on a quarterly basis or as frequently as required over the next 12 months to ensure common action to address blockages and new issues as they arise.