SA mines WILL be nationalised

Faced with increasing social unrest with 2.3 daily riots, the ANC-regime is embarking on the wholesale nationalisation of SA mines to try and keep the angry Masses from baying even more…

While not using the word ‘nationalisation’ – so dreaded by foreign investors – it nevertheless has become very clear  that the ANC-regime is nationalising SA’s mining industry – and that it will be run by largely inexperienced, untrained black men and women from ‘local communities’ around the mines. Towards this end, the ANC-regime has  created the African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation as the ‘nucleus’ of a centralised state-owned mining company, according to deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

The ANC regime’s current deputy president announced on April 17 2012 that there would be ‘more state intervention in mining’.  He was convinced, he said, that “State involvement would secure the socio-economic development of South Africans.” Towards this aim, his  regime has set up the African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC), as the “nucleus” of a state-owned mining company, he said.

Black incomes have soared well above the average income of whites in SA – but clearly that’s not enough for the ANC-regime;

BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS MORE THAN 1M EARN MORE THAN AVERAGE WHITE SALARIES 2000  2011 Above: Black incomes soared well above the average white incomes in SA by 2011

 Moreover, despite the fact that the income of black South Africans has soared well above the average income of whites (above) – the vast majority of whites now are barred from the labour market by devastating black-economic-empowerment laws – the country’s second-most powerful man still implied that it wasn’t enough… indeed he said, it was ‘not sustainable to use national resources almost exclusively to enrich a small minority.” He implies that this ‘small minority’ is white, as ANC-leaders always do, despite the fact that the average black income has soared so dramatically over the past years that it has already created a largely poor, nearly 1-million-strong Afrikaner underclass.


Above: white men were barred from the SA labour market in 2003; white women and disabled whites in 2011 with the broad-based black economic empowerment Acts. Much more skilled and job-experienced white men and women, who ran the SA economy very efficiently, now have been replaced with often unskilled, untrained and undereducated blacks. 

Who will train those unskilled black men and women all the intricate engineering skills needed in ‘mining management’?Or will they simply learn on the job without supervision from experts?

Furthermore, SA’s deputy-president said in his statement, there ‘had to be more blacks and women’ in mining management and the skilled trade. Since white women are barred from the labour market from this year, clearly he meant that black women and black men would have to be pushed into mining-management. The question of who would be training these ‘black men and women in mining management skills’ was left unexplained.

  • He actually admitted that the ‘legislation introduced since 1994 had resulted in meaningful participation of previously disadvantaged people in the mining industry’ and that blacks had benefited the most.”  But it clearly wasn’t enough: he said:
    Above all, we must ensure that in future, mineral rights go where they can best be used to develop our country, not to enrich a few or fuel speculation at the cost of current and future productive capacity and employment.”

Why has South Africa embarked on this disastrous course to nationalise its mines? There’s only one reason: the huge number of violent rioting which has occurred over the past few years: as outlined below in the Mail & Guardian article, “ A massive rebellion of the poor’ .

The article by Peter Alexander, SA research chair in social change and professor of sociology at Johannesburg University, warned on March 19 that in the previous two years, there have been a record number of ‘crowd-management incidents’ (i.e. rioting. The social unrest in South Africa is so high that there are an average of 2.9 unrest incidents a day up to April 2011.  Moreover the independent criminology site also shows a similar record for 2011/12.


About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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