Labour supply part 3 reflections on South Africa History, the Gold Mining Industry extracts wealth from South Africa, through exclusion, creating migrant labour supply, and suppresses the value of the black person.
Labour Supply part 3.
“Let us just divert to why I accuse the mines of using controlled slave labour to ensure profits.”
“During 1921, the daily mine wage was 26.1 penny per shift.”
“During 1930, the daily mine wage was 25.7 penny per shift.”
“During 1936, the daily mine wage was 27.0 penny per shift.”
“Over fifteen years, the annual wage increased from £30.08.00 per annum, to £31.12.00s per annum, an increase of 4.160%, or 0,027% per annum.”
“The Municipalities in Transvaal, Orange Free State, and Natal were paying £32.10.00, only 4% more than the mines.”
“Using the cheapest labour that could be sourced in Southern and Central Africa, the mining industry and their investors not only exploited the mineral wealth of the country, but, through the lack of allowing open, free participation, they have severely impacted on our still disadvantaged communities in 2015.”
“The English, through their colonisation process, achieved their local South African labour supply, through the emancipation of the Mfengu, May 14, 1835. Were they slaves, or were they just controlled? Whichever, they became the profit base. Why did we not develop a labour supply from the Transvaal area?”
“Punishment, and the threat of extermination, shaped our nation; how many of our indigenous people died during protests, and how many of the ‘shooters’ were tried, how many of the ‘shooters’ controllers were ever tried?”
“None, because the world accepts that a certain class of people are allowed to die, if they do not listen.”
“Sirs, our local labour supply was considered too expensive for the profits that the mining investors and shareholders wish to achieve. So we elected to bring labour supplies in through foreign nationals, at the expense of the income that our local labour could have accumulated, off what was ‘their’ mineral wealth.”
“Sirs, how does this economic segregation impact on our still disadvantaged community today, how does this economic apartheid impact on our ‘white’ economy today?”
“Sirs, fifty-four percent of the gold mining industry labour supply originated from outside South Africa, imagine a South Africa where this economic segregation did not take place, where our Governments did not allow it; this is ‘grand theft economy’.