Miners welcome South African reshuffle following violence


Gwede Mantashe remains Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.

The Minerals Council South Africa welcomed the appointment of Nkabane following the death in 2019 of his predecessor Bavelile Hlongwa.

“Following the violent events in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last month, changes in arrangements and personnel in the security cluster are timely,” the council said of the Ramaphosa reshuffle.

“And we are particularly looking forward to developing a constructive working relationship with Deputy Minister Nkabane in the very near future,” said CEO Roger Baxter.

Nkabane received a doctorate in administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2019, the same year she was elected to parliament.

KwaZulu-Natal, which was rocked by violent protests last month following the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma, was already a powder keg due to issues such as high unemployment and community discontent .

Persistent safety concerns following the assassination of a mine manager on his way to work in May prompted Rio Tinto to shut down its majority-owned Richards Bay Minerals operation in the province in June.

“The new members of President Ramaphosa’s team take office with very serious responsibilities given the serious economic, security and health crises the country is going through,” Baxter said.


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