The National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) have allegedly "supported calls by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for government to increase the mineral royalties and corporate taxes in order to increase its revenue". Quite an odd position for a mining union when one considers that higher taxes presumably are not necessarily beneficial to employees. In the absence of stronger legislation, an arbitrary higher tax on mining activities could lead to the mining companies extracting revenues through other means. Most notably through lower wages or spend less on safety or environment pollution. Higher mining taxes are a necessary but insufficient condition for uplifting our people. This is why I continue to advocate for a more holistic approach to the issue - see A Human Approach to the Mining Debate.