Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu urged engineering and geology students to work in the mining sector.
“There is a bright future for young people like yourselves,” she told students today from universities that offer mining qualifications.
Shabangu was the keynote speaker at the annual mining student conference which was held at the University of the Witwatersrand. She said there were ups and downs in the mining industry. “We have to accept that reality.”
She said the problems in the industry were only temporary, however. “They are cyclical. They cannot be permanent.”
Shabangu assured the students that they had not chosen the wrong profession, despite recent labour disputes in the industry.
She made reference to the dispute at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in August last year, in which 44 people were killed in strike-related violence.
She called on the students to help their government in their careers.
“Don’t join the financial sector,” she said, laughing.
“There is a lot for you to contribute in mining.”
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