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MINERALS AND ENERGY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
11 June 20002
HEARINGS ON THE MINERALS AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL
Chairperson: Mr M. Goniwe (NA)
Mr M. Moosa (NCOP)
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Mr Vavi, the general secretary of Cosatu, stated that the Bill was fully endorsed by Cosatu and noted that he would only be making general comments on which his colleagues would elaborate. He pointed out that Cosatu would be making certain proposals to further improve on the Bill. Mr Vavi said that the Bill was weak on democratizing the industry and he felt that the interests of workers had not been adequately provided for in the Bill.
Ms F. Tregenna highlighted areas where the Bill had limitations and made proposals in this regard. Proposals were made that the preamble,objects and definitions in the Bill should be strengthened. Cosatu also proposed the inclusion of a Labour Plan as one of the requirements when applications were submitted.
Ms Tregenna additionally made specific recommendations on how specific provisions in the Bill could be improved.
Ms P. Govender continued with proposals on how to improve on the general and miscellaneous provisions in the Bill.
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
The general secretary of NUM, Mr Mantashe noted that a detailed presentation would not be made as a joint submission with Cosatu had been submitted to the Committee. Mr Mantashe made comments about the ownership patterns within the industry that needed to be changed and that the state should play a more active role in encouraging Black Economic Empowerment in the industry. He reiterated earlier sentiments that the interests of workers should be better provided for in the Bill and made specific recommendations in this regard.
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