UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2019 Page 343 rural and urban

Unrevised hansard joint sitting tuesday 25 june 2019

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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 343 rural and urban areas are not but two sides of the same coins. One is not possible without the other. The harsh realities, Mr President, faced by our rural communities today is a shame as they do not feel the differences of 25 years into our democratic dispensation. School learners are not able to attend classes and they cannot cross bridges which have collapsed over rivers. Elderly cannot barely be comforted in opening tap with running water or find a quality flushing toilets. Mud schools and houses which are unsafe still provide shelters to most people living in the rural communities. We must ensure Mr President that the rural and not just urban communities are priorities too as they have never been in a successful urban strategy without taking compensate rural development into account. It is important Mr President that we through on experiences of other nations to better stir balances between rural and urban parties of their countries such as Kenya and other countries who have implemented very successful co-operatives to ensure that
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 344 the rural residence play an active role in their economy. The majority of our rural residence deserves this, Mr President. They too deserve fully to form part of the collective dreams and hopes of our future. Thank you. [Time expired.] [Applause.] The MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY: Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Chairperson of the NCOP, His Excellencies , the President and Deputy President of the Republic, Chief Whip of the Majority Party, the ANC, hon members, ladies and gentlemen, with the performance of our economy at the centre of attention, requiring all our efforts to turn things around to realise our aspiration to grow the South African economy together, the President enjoins us to be prepared to go where we have never been before. That is why it is confusing members to my left – because the President is enjoining us to be prepared to go where we have never been before. The economy contracted by 3,2% in the first quarter of this year, with mining contributing 0,8% of that 3,2%, to the overall decline, falling by 10,8% as the sector, energy declining by
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 345 6,9%, that is contributing 0,1% of the 3,2% of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, decline. Mining production data released by Stats SA earlier this month indicated that, compared with the first and fourth quarters of 2018, production of many commodities declined in the first quarter of 2019. What is the biggest contributor to this negative growth? It was load shedding. Because every time we have load shedding, a mine produces at the maximum of 70% of its capacity.
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