Framework Agreement For A Sustainable Mining Industry
With regard to what happened with the houses made available during the closure of the mines, he said that the government`s approach was to move away from mining villages and instead to integrate human settlements so that miners could be integrated into society. But while the mining industry was active, it was necessary to create related economic activities so that there would be elements of sustainability to avoid “ghost towns” when mining activity declined. For this reason, socio-economic diagnostic studies were conducted to identify other levers that would have to be used if there was still sustainable economic activity. With regard to the application of the statutes and how this would occur, he said that it was a collaborative process between thought-making enterprises – several government arms had the responsibility to participate in the application of the statutes. The Department of Traditional Affairs and Cooperative Governance (Gogta) was responsible for municipalities. Therefore, if there were implementation gaps, they were addressed at a higher level. With respect to the issue of DMR`s awareness of the relationship between mines and municipalities, the relationship between mines and municipalities was not a good working relationship and what the DMR did to help, he said, that the DMR was aware of the challenges that municipalities were identified and where they were identified, to ensure that these differences did not impede development. He said the DMR was also aware of disputes between mining companies and traditional leaders in some communities. If necessary, the DMR will request the intervention of higher authorities such as the Prime Minister in these areas. Mr. Raphela thanked the Committee for the opportunity offered by the DMR to provide him with information. The framework report was the result of cooperation with other stakeholders, including those involved in organized work and organized industry. The DMR is also committed to updating and sharing with its members information on the work of the DMR to stabilize the mining industry.
A total of R5 5,000 was identified as a transfer-mis-pricing, which is considered an abuse of transfer pricing. Of the R 5.8 billion, R3.4 billion came from the mining/extractive industry The DMR would ensure the integration and implementation of social and work plans and integrated development plans (IDPs) in employment transport areas and mining areas. The Phakisa mining discussions, to be held in October 2015, would also help resolve a number of mineral policy issues related to mining.