South Africa's new mining minister pledges to take on strikers

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
Published: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Just a day after being sworn in, new minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi is already getting his hands dirty and dealing with one of South Africa's largest problems - it's failing mining sector. This will be a difficult balancing act for the minister, who has already said that unions "deserve more respect" as official figures show just how badly the industrial action is affecting the nation's economy.

New South African mining minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi said today that he would mediate in the much-publicised miners’ strike, which is entering its fifth month, and said that the government “needed to start treating the AMCU union with respect”.

The platinum miners’ strike has heavily affected South Africa’s...

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