Hon Lorimer, this government cannot afford to do nothing when there are problems in the mining industry. [Applause.] We have to intervene, and this intervention of Migdett has worked very well for this country. This intervention has been lauded by the mining industry, the trade unions and the government. It has worked. It's a tripartite system that has worked. How we have resolved and continue to resolve problems in this country is by talking to each other at these forums that we are talking about.
It has been the history of this country, even within Nedlac, that we talk to partners and stakeholders to minimise the negative global impact in the country. For instance, you talk about Amplats and say that we have lost 6 000 jobs. However, you cannot say that for sure, because the task team is still working to ensure that we minimise job losses, so they are not to the extent that you are talking about. So, you don't have all the facts.
In regard to investors, we meet them all the time in our daily lives, and they do not talk the language you are talking. There are investors here. I told you last week that in the platinum, zinc and other industries, like manganese, there are programmes and projects that are shovel ready. Investors are coming and investing in this country.
We do recognise that there are industrial relations problems in the country. However, the Minister of Labour, the Minister of Mineral Resources and the Deputy President are involved with interventions, and there are responses that are very positive.
I would advise you to update yourself on the positive impact that is being made in the industry, rather than just staying negative about the ANC government. You won't succeed. [Applause.]