The implementation of a youth wage subsidy should not have a negative impact on the mining sector but rather compliment it, said Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Speaking to media at the Mining Lekgotla Shabangu said: "We need to create a base [from] where young people can acquire skills."
There was no intention for the subsidy to replace current workers or create cheap labour within the mineral resources sector.
It was important for government and labour to find consensus regarding the subsidy, Shabangu said.
The lekgotla was taking place at an appropriate time with the African National Congress's policy conference approaching, as outcomes from the lekgotla would be carried forward for discussion at the conference.
"The intention is for their voice [the mining industry's] to be heard," said Shabangu.