Mark Cutifani’s excellent article refers (Lasting solution to feud over mine ownership lies in talks, not courts, December 4). If he will forgive me trying to paraphrase a core section, it is that if workable solutions to get new foreign investment into mining are not enacted, the industry will continue to shrink and lose another 100,000 jobs (as he correctly forecast it would six years ago).
It is up to the rainbow nation to choose the government; Anglo’s role can only be to work with that government for the best overall solution. This is best done by talking.
Now let’s look at a practical example of the cost of state capture. The Chamber of Mines simply won’t talk any longer to the obviously captured mines minister, and nor should any other sensible mining organisation. What is the point when the dominant government player has a hidden agenda and has no intention of negotiating in good faith or in the interests of the country?
This minister went to Switzerland to facilitate the unethical Zuptarisation of Glencore’s coal mines, not to improve the contribution of the mining industry or the integrity of Eskom. Nobody can expect to get any nationally worthwhile result with crooks like that.
The ANC has the opportunity to rectify this before year end by choosing leaders with integrity with whom key industry players can develop win-win solutions. If not, SA will be better off without the ANC.