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South African mining policy to encourage industrial investment

         Date: 2012-03-31

           Tag: African industrial, African industrial investment

Summary: South Africa's macro economic policies, particularly those considered for the mining industry, will erode competitiveness and stall investment, AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Mark Cutifani .

We have got to be talking about working with the industry to grow the industry.The public debate is 180 degrees in the wrong direction in terms of encouraging the industry to invest and grow, Cutifani told the Reuters Mining Summit.

South Africa's macro economic policies, particularly those considered for the mining industry, will erode competitiveness and stall investment, AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Mark Cutifani .

Criticising measures being considered by the African National Congress-lead government including labour law reform and a proposed new resource taxes, Cutifani said South Africa's public policies are "absolutely inconsistent" with its growth and employment objectives.

We are struggling to remain competitive in South Africa.Its been a tough year and if people are now talking about increasing taxes then the impact of that will be reduced investment.

The ANC is expected to discuss proposals that include a 50 percent windfall tax on mining firms at its major policy-setting meeting in June.

The ANC released a research paper earlier this year on extracting more wealth from its mineral deposits, with analysts saying it was meant to silence calls for nationalising mines in the major platinum and gold producer.

The document said nationalisation would be an "unmitigated disaster" for Africa's largest economy and proposed other measures including the resource rent tax.


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