Galaxy and Barbrook snub declaration signing

Late last year the City of Mbombela held a mining indaba where resolutions were taken with various stakeholders. They jointly agreed on measures to create community benefits and socio-economic development, as well as to implement mechanisms to see the agreement realised.

Read: Barberton Mines comes to township’s rescue

The indaba was initiated during the Barberton Mines annual general meeting for transformation trust, held in October 2015. In that meeting it was resolved to involve stakeholders to jointly find solutions to the problems identified. The indaba was subsequently held on December 8 and 9 of last year.

The problems which were identified were poor socio-economic conditions of high unemployment and poverty, share of economic benefits generated by the mines and their contribution to the socio-economic development, and poor relations between the community and companies.

During the meeting, four commissions led by experts met and came up with resolutions. Thereafter a declaration
was compiled. The signing-ceremony was set to take place within the first quarter of this year.

According to the member of the mayoral committee heading the public works, roads and transport portfolio of the City of Mbombela, and also the leader of government business, Vusi Mkhatshwa, Galaxy and Barbrook Mines did not turn up for the last two meetings despite their commitment to attend the signing of the declaration. In their last meeting held at Barberton Council Chamber, they invited all managers of the supply chain from all the mines, because one of the resolutions was to open up opportunities so people can render their services.

In that meeting only Barberton Mines was available. Mkhatshwa confirmed, however, that there was progress. “Since we have developed an action plan in line with the mining indaba resolutions which we are implementing as a programme, and Barberton Mines is working closely with us.” Barberton Mines also agreed to host two supplier’s open days, to educate those who are interested in doing business with the mine.

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