Saturday, 19 October 2013

MINING AND MINERALS - UBUNTU PLAN OF ACTION

The mining and minerals sector in South Africa, and around the world, is probably the most sensitive sector to contemplate. It will raise many deep emotions within people from all walks of life because of our long and proud history of mining, that goes back many thousands of years, to the great kingdom of Monomotapa, and even further back in time.
South Africa is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, producing virtually all the precious metals on Earth in large quantities. And yet our people live in poverty, hunger and many are homeless. Nineteen years after our so-called liberation, there is more poverty, more hunger and more homelessness than ever before. It is very clear that something is desperately wrong with this picture. The people may have been given their political freedom – but we have been denied our economic freedom.
This immense wealth of the land has been stolen from the people by our government and a handful of international corporations that have laid claim to the minerals and have been given the rights to take our precious gold and platinum and coal and diamonds and anything else they can lay their hands on. The people of the land have been reduced to mere slaves, while the corporations make unimaginable wealth for invisible foreign shareholders.
Our government – the so-called “servant of the people” – has allowed these greedy corporations to do as they please. Their greed has no boundaries and they are slowly turning our beautiful country into a mining wasteland. The coal mining companies are probably the worst culprits because the scars they leave behind on this planet are so visible. The areas that surround the coal mines and power stations have become so polluted and so disturbed, it will take a long time to rehabilitate them to their former natural beauty. The mine owners are certainly not going to do that.
All of this is done in the name of greed and profit for the very few. The tragic and inhumane massacre of striking mine workers at Marikana, South Africa stands as a chilling reminder that our government holds the rights of corporations above the rights of human beings – the honest hardworking people whom the government is supposed to serve.
African elders and the custodians of ancient knowledge around the world believe that the Earth is sacred and that we are the custodians of this sacred planet.  It is our duty to protect all living things, to honour the sanctity of life and to live in harmony with mother Earth. We have to live in a symbiotic co-existence if we are to sustain humanity and thrive with abundance while maintaining a balance of all life on Earth.  Only then will we ensure the continued abundance for all future generations.
But we cannot do so while we are denied the right to our land and the natural wealth and beauty of our country. Before we can start to protect our sacred land we need to remind ourselves of our inalienable rights and we have to re-claim that which belongs to all the people. I use the word “belong” not in the sense of ownership, but rather custodianship, to care for and protect our countries against all forms of exploitation.
·    We are born free on the land that we live
·    The country belongs to its people – the custodians
·    The land and all in it and on it belongs to its people
·    The rivers, mountains, sky, seas and coastline belong to the people
·    We must honour mother Earth and protect her against harm
These DO NOT belong to the politicians, the government, or any corporation that has unlawfully laid claim to it. The private government corporation has stolen the country from its people. To top this all, all the minerals in South Africa are paid for by the privately owned South African Reserve Bank, with worthless pieces of paper that contain some fancy logos on them. Then SARB sells it on the global markets and we are forced to buy it from them with the money we earn from our sweat and blood.

NATIONALISATION
The word ‘nationalisation’ sends shivers up many people’s spines, thinking of the so-called “communist threat” that the people of the west were indoctrinated with. I need to stress the difference between “nationalisation” and “ownership by the people”. 
“Nationalisation” means owned and controlled by the government. But because the government is just another corporation, this policy is just a clever deception to confuse the people and is used as a means to steal the country and all its resources from the people.
“Ownership by the people” means the people themselves benefit from all the natural wealth of the country and they themselves hold the deciding power as to how to use the resources and wealth for the benefit of all – and not the benefit of the government, which is clearly not working for the people.
UBUNTU Plan of action - MINING
1)    Every mine in South Africa becomes the property of the people with immediate effect. (Not the property of the government – that would be called nationalisation.)
2)    A national Council Of Elders will be appointed by the people of South Africa, consisting of the most trusted and respected individuals, to look after the interests of the people in this regard – this council will have absolute control to implement the will of the people – not the will of the corrupt government or politicians who are controlled by powerful multinational corporations.
3)    The Council can be replaced at any time by the will of the people.
4)    All foreign shareholding and ownership in all mines, or any directly related companies will be cancelled immediately.
5)    This includes the smelting plants, production plants of all metals, alloys, steel and so forth.
6)    A comprehensive program to expand the refining and manufacturing industry will be implemented immediately. There is no need for us to export anything for the sake of re-importing it in a refined form. This has been a devious convoluted system to create wealth for the governments and corporations on both sides of the import-export fence.
7)    All exports of minerals, coal, iron ore, diamonds, or any other resource that comes from our ground, or is mined in any way, will be stopped immediately.
8)    Exports will be strictly controlled by the Council of Elders on behalf of the people – all the income will go into community projects to develop fully sustainable communities and promote decentralisation.
9)    South Africa will produce only as much of these commodities as is required by the people of South Africa for the various industrial sectors of our own society and other needs that may arise as the process of transformation takes place.
10)    Every sector of manufacturing will be fully supported and provided with whatever materials it needs to manufacture according to the needs of the people. Whatever the people need, the people will get.
11)    The Council of Elders will determine what needs to be implemented based on the will and needs of the people. The people will remain in full control of this process and be fully informed of the exact status of all mining activities.
12)    We will do whatever is necessary, or desired by the people, to create abundance on all levels of society. This means that new opportunities and new activities will constantly arise and will be implemented on a regular basis in areas that were previously deemed financially not viable.
13)    We will not continue to enrich foreign shareholders and allow our precious commodities to be stolen from us and traded on the global stock markets at the expense of our people, who are being used as slaves and cheap labour.
14)    The new interim money system or currency adopted by the people will be linked to the mineral wealth of South Africa. Not necessarily the finished polished product, but the potential that lies in the ground. This will make the SA currency the strongest currency in the world with immediate effect – because all the other major currencies are FIAT currencies with absolutely no intrinsic value – other than the confidence of its people.
15)    This will be a temporary interim phase while communities begin to restructure and gravitate towards not using or needing any money at all.
16)    The people will decide how to proceed and how to develop the mining sector into the future so that it provides a real tangible benefit for the people in every sector of our society and in every community. Always keeping in mind the damage to the planet and environment associated with mining and delivering solutions to such problems.
17)    This will open up new exciting eras of research and development by our brilliant scientists, engineers and inventors for the greater benefit of all the people.