Deputy Chair, I move without notice:
That the Council -
1) notes and acknowledges the reality that South Africa's mineral-rich areas are also home to the country's most underdeveloped and underprivileged communities;
2) recognises that the mining industry extracts minerals from communities while such communities remain poor;
3) further notes that the affected communities are not only those living adjacent to the mines, but also other poor areas such as the Eastern Cape, from where migrant labourers are recruited to work on the mines; and
4) acknowledges that sustainable development should be a strategic imperative and therefore welcomes the commitment of the industry to assist the relevant provincial governments, including the Eastern Cape, to improve services by investing in programmes that address challenges such as education and health.
Motion agreed to in accordance with section 65 of the Constitution.