Document handed out: Oversight visit to Mpumalanga [Committee Reports available under Tabled Committee Reports once published on the ATC]
The Committee met briefly to consider the report on the oversight visit to Mpumalanga; and adopt minutes of Committee meeting held on 21 October 2015. Members reviewed the oversight report and pointed out spelling mistakes, sentence structure and editing mistakes.
The highest concern of the document was related to Lafarge Quarry as to whether or not they had an obligation to provide housing for their miners. The Chairperson said before stating that Lafarge was breaking the law the mining licence would need to be verified as every mining company was different and there were no standard rules. The report was not approved and would be presented to the Committee next meeting for adoption.
Committee minutes of 21 October were approved and adopted.
Oversight visit to Mpumalanga
The Chairperson tabled the draft report on the oversight visit to Mpumalanga for review and consideration of Members, going page by page, for either corrections or amendments.
Mr M Matlala (ANC) corrected spelling mistakes on pages 2 and18, sentence structure on pages 8 & 10 and editing mistakes on pages 9, 14 &15.
Mr Z Mandela (ANC) corrected editing mistakes on pages 3, 11, 12, 15 and17 and spelling mistakes on pages 5 and 7.
Ms H Nyambi (ANC) corrected editing mistakes on page 11.
Mr H Schmidt (DA) corrected spelling mistakes on pages 16 and 19, and in page 18 proposed to delete bullet number two – under findings.
Mr J Lorimer (DA) asked the Chairperson to make a note that on page 18, under findings, the DA did not necessarily agree with all the findings, however he respected them and asked that it be noted.
Mr Mandela raised concern about the findings of Lafarge Quarry. Lafarge was failing to provide housing for their employees, and referred to the fact as being a violation to the mining rights. He asked the Chairperson if it was possible to check the Lafarge mining licence to verify whether they were complying with the law.
Mr Lorimer said providing housing for miners was not necessarily a requirement. Sometimes this type of issue discouraged investment. If miners lived at a distance they could commute, there should not be necessary to build houses. However, he agreed that the mining licence would need to be verified in order to clarify the situation.
The Chairperson replied that before stating that Lafarge was breaking the law the licence would need to be verified. Every mining company was different and there were no standard rules.
The Chairperson thanked Members for their input on the oversight visit report to Mpumalanga; the report would be polished to reflect corrections and discussion and be presented to the Committee next meeting for adoption.
Adoption of minutes
Minutes of Committee meeting held on 21 October 2015 were approved and adopted.
The meeting was adjourned.
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