A Plea to Open Up the South African Mining Industry | CARVE AFRICA

A Plea to Open Up the South African Mining Industry

As youth month draws to an end the question about unemployment is still very daunting for many, and COVID-19 has not made it any easier. On Youth day we saw many young people uncertain about how to go about the day, if there was anything to be proud of or to even celebrate.
What has seemingly become a pressing issue among young people is the growing numbers of unemployment and many seem to point at corruption as the root of the problem especially in the mining industry. Earlier in the week the parliamentary portfolio committee addressed the issues around the funding to ramp up one of the biggest mines in South Africa, Optimum.
The lawyer for business rescue practitioners of the mine, Bouwer van Niekerk mentioned that this mine is struggling to receive funding as it requires alot of money and that there are limited individuals who have the capital to take on such an establishment. However; they have received three bids which raised many brows. The masses took to Twitter with much confusion as to how these bids came about.

 

This morning we have seen more people take to twitter still wanting to understand how businesses in South African were not given a fair chance to bid for the ramp up of this mine.

Not only that but there are concerns around the living conditions of the those who are staying in these mining areas.
Is this what it has come to for our youth? As we look back and honour the youth who fought in 1976 for a better South Africa we ask ourselves if this is what the youth of this generation has to fight through.

 

 

 

 

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