Transformation and social development are some of the key issues that still needs to be addressed in the mining sector. This is according to the Institute for Corporate Social Development Spokesperson, Mark Froy.
He says transformation does not equate to improvement in the lives of mineworkers and mining communities. Froy says developing social aspects of people contributing to the mining success should be prioritised.
“There needs to be a commitment to workers, societies and communities that operate in that sector that their lives will improve”.
Froy says if a mine is operational in an area there is an obligation towards the development of the society around it, which also include environmental issues, because the mining impact on the environment has a direct effect on people’s lives.
He says the daily lives of people contributing to the mining success needs to be improved. “Although the objective of the mines is profit, this does not have to disadvantage workers and the society at large”.
Froy says there remains a need to corporal responsibility and obligation towards improving the livelihood of mining communities and mineworkers.
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