“Job creation in this underprivileged community is fantastic news, every employed person is in turn able to support several other people,” said Fedusa general secretary Dennis George in a statement.
The open pit manganese mine would be situated in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in the Northern Cape.
“Not only will new jobs be created within the mining sector, but an additional 100 jobs in the construction sector as well as potential downstream jobs will be created as a result of the establishment of this new mine,” George said.
The union was happy that Tshipi planned to ensure transformation and equity employment and would use local suppliers.
“The establishment of the Tshipi project is set to create an initial 350 new jobs in South Africa, while about 2000 more jobs will be created through the provision of goods and services as well as strengthening trade ties between South Africa, Australia, Singapore and China.”
However, George said Fedusa was concerned that the ongoing inaccurate debate on nationalisation was “creating irreversible political and economic insecurities” when South Africa should be focusing on job creation, providing quality healthcare and improving education.