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BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa – Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne.

With a combined experience of more than 200 years in South Africa, BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd. understands the complexities and challenges facing our customers and is committed to constantly improving technical product leadership, performance, quality and enhancing the customer service experience.

BBF Safety Group offers some of the most recognised and trusted brands, such as Bova, Bronx Safety, Frams, Fuel, Lemaitre, Sisi and Wayne.


Victor Industrial Equipment

     27th October 2017 Opencast electrical coupler manufacturer and supplier with more than 20 year’s experience, Victor Industrial Equipment (VIE) is able able to offer specific solutions to suit local needs on technical support, international certification, approval and quality of the complete product range along... 

Profits hit by strike but support for industry, communities continues

     27th October 2017 Coal miner Sasol Mining reported a 21% decline in its operating profit for the 2017 financial year, compared with the previous comparable period. The mining business unit of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, Sasol Mining’s profit dropped to R3.7-billion, mainly owing to the negative... 

Switchgear Solution At DRC Mine From Shaw Controls

     12th September 2017 Leveraging the advantages of a containerised solution, Zest WEG Group company Shaw Controls has provided an optimal medium voltage switchgear solution for the supply of power at a copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WEG MTW05 MV switchgear, the first to be supplied by... 

Mining evolution tackles strength, stamina challenges

     4th August 2017 It has become increasingly evident that the work done in the local mining industry and elsewhere to promote modernisation, will facilitate the creation of significant employment opportunities for women in mining, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa. As mining becomes more mechanised,... 

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner

     19th May 2017 South Africa’s diverse wealth of minerals and a well-regulated mining industry mean mines employ hundreds of thousands of mineworkers from all over Africa, states miner, refiner and marketer of platinum-group metals Impala Platinum (Implats). 

DMR to be more flexible with small-scale mining applicants

By: Ilan Solomons     7th April 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, said Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant last month. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion of a one-day workshop on illegal... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG ( –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives

     9th December 2016 Safety is a priority at all Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) operations, emphasises the South African platinum miner, which will roll out front-drive technology and proximity detection on track-bound equipment in 2017 as part of its safety strategy. The company describes the initiative as a “major... 

Select PPE

     7th October 2016 Established in 1998, Select PPE is a distributor of application-specific personal protective equipment for customers operating in the mining, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, petroleum, hospitality, medical, corporate and security sectors throughout Africa. Select PPE formulated a ‘PPE... 

French interest in mining events remains high

     26th August 2016 The French Trade Commission-Business France will be hosting its fourth French Pavilion at Electra Mining Africa, showcasing at least 12 companies’ expertise in the mining industry. 

North Safety adds engineering and consumable products

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2016 Local personal protection and safety equipment manufacturer North Safety Products Africa will showcase its full range of products designed to mitigate various hazards that mining workers are exposed to at Electra Mining Africa 2016, including its latest engineering and consumable products. 

South African mine health and safety record among the best – MSA

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 The South African mining sector’s health and safety record ranks among the best in the world and he attributes the latest drop in fatalities to closer co-operation between the government, mines and trade unions, as well as continual improvements made to safety products used in the industry. This... 

Child labour rife at DRC cobalt mines, say NGOs

By: David Oliveira     29th January 2016 Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by children has not been used in their products, according to Amnesty International and Africa Resources Watch (Afrewatch) in a report published in January. The report, ‘This is... 

Mining veteran calls for ‘zero deaths’ target as his own operation notches up 5 589 fatality-free shifts

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd January 2016 It is incumbent on all stakeholders to prevent deaths in South Africa's mines, says uranium and gold miner Shiva Uranium safety manager Koos Jacobs.   In May 1995 Jacobs was the chief safety officer when a massive tragedy occurred at Shaft No 2 at the Vaal Reefs gold mine, in the North West. A... 

Most protective equipment not suitable for women miners – study

By: Ilan Solomons     16th October 2015 The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) unveiled a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically designed for women mineworkers at its recent women in mining conference in Johannesburg. The PPE range was produced following the recommendations of a study undertaken by University of... 

Women still facing challenges in the workplace

By: Ilan Solomons     11th September 2015 Women still face significant challenges in the local mining sector owing to the sector’s deeply entrenched legacy of male dominance, said Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) deputy chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi. Speaking at the DMR and Mine Health and Safety Council’s (MHSC’s) 2015... 

Quality control leads to successful blasting results

By: Bruce Montiea     8th May 2015 Quality control is the most important factor in conducting blasting at an opencast mine, says environmental, opencast and civil drilling and blasting company DynaD director Chris Bester. He states that using the correct charge-up instructions and procedures, which include the quantity of... 

Miner donates Ebola support package

     10th April 2015 Canada-based gold miner Newmont Ghana in October donated a medical support package worth GH¢220 000 (about $58 000) to assist with the country’s preparations for any potential outbreak of the Ebola virus in Ghana. The outbreak of Ebola has killed about 10 000 people in West Africa, mostly in... 

‘Zero harm’ should be mines’ ultimate goal 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th March 2015 The target of achieving zero harm on mines and ensuring that all employees return home safely every day must remain the ultimate goal of the industry, say international law firm Hogan Lovells partner and mining head Warren Beech. “Sitting in on fatality enquiries is one of the most difficult... 

Mining deaths, injuries at an all-time low, but TB and silicosis cases increase

By: Ilan Solomons     13th February 2015 The number of mine injuries reduced by about 18% from 3 123 in 2013 to 2 569 in 2014, stated Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi during a media briefing at the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) head offices in Tshwane last week. However, he said that although this was the lowest ever... 

Bristow lauds Mali govt’s action on containing Ebola

By: Natalie Greve     27th October 2014 Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow has lauded the “high level of alertness and careful planning” by the Malian authorities that enabled the government to act swiftly to identify, treat and contain the country's first confirmed case of Ebola. Randgold owns and operates the Morila, Loulo and... 

Select PPE 

     22nd September 2014 "Select PPE is the partner who provides fast response, flexible, hassle free, cost effective outsourced management processes that leverage application specific expertise. 


     17th September 2014 DuPont as a company dedicated to safety and innovation tries to constantly help workers in keeping them safe from on-the-job hazards. From emergency response teams and police officers to laboratory technicians or frontline workers in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance, DuPont provides... 

Automated approach to personal protective equipment issuing

     29th August 2014 Select PPE, a multi-brand service provider of customised, on-site personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, will be showcasing its latest range of PPE solutions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa show. 

Women in mining still a challenge in SA

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th July 2014 Despite efforts to increase the participation of women in the mining industry, mining companies operating in South Africa face the continuous challenge of high turnover of women mineworkers and are dogged by hostile work relations between male and female employees, says transformation and... 

New cap lamp expected to improve visibility of underground hazards

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th June 2014 Distributor of personal protective equipment MSA Africa launched its Luminator cap lamp set on June 4 in Johannesburg, which sets out to eliminate the hazards of reduced visibility in South African underground mining operations.  


By: Alida Odendaal     13th June 2014 Tender work arising from state contracts 

HSE Solutions

     16th May 2014 Gauteng-based HSE Solutions, a division of privately owned industrial management group Sturrock and Robson, specialises in the provision of premier health and safety solutions across all sectors. HSE is the sub-Saharan Africa distributor for international personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

Despite inroads, conditions in mining continue to be unwelcoming for women, says lawyer

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th May 2014 Although South Africa is arguably ahead of other major mining countries in terms of bringing women into the commonly male-dominated mining workforce, the women in the industry face mammoth challenges. 

Permanent mining exhibition opened at Sci-Bono

By: Chantelle Kotze     18th April 2014 Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Marek Dworzanowski says “the mining industry in South Africa still has a bright future ahead of it”. 

Redpath Mining Contractors and Engineers influence industry safety through design innovation.

     16th April 2014 At the annual Workplace Safety North conference, held in Sudbury, Ontario, April 4-10, J.S. Redpath Limited earned top honours in the juried line-up of industry safety innovation awarded annually by the Ontario Mining Contractors’ Safety Association. Redpath’s winning solution is a redesign of... 

New mining exhibition in JHB aims to encourage enthusiasm about industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     10th April 2014 Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Marek Dworzanowski says “the mining industry in South Africa still has a bright future ahead of it”. 

Mining Women and their Gender-Inappropriate PPE: The Overall and Safety Belt

     1st April 2014 The mining industry in South Africa, prior to 2007, can be labelled as a sector dominated by the masculine gender, whereby positions underground were only reserved for male workers, as women were perceived to not have the equal physical capabilities to withstand working in such a labour intensive... 

‘Huge challenges’ slowing women’s entry into mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th March 2014 Although transformation is taking place in the mining sector so that more women can form part of the industry, huge challenges still remain in trying to make mining conditions more suitable for women to work in and also at board and middle-management level. 

Vale opens first new Sudbury mine in 40 yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2014 Brazilian diversified mining global miner Vale on Friday officially opened the Totten mine, in Ontario’s Sudbury basin – Vale’s first new base metals mine in the area in more than 40 years. At a ceremony attended by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, provincial Minister of Northern Development and... 

Joburg to host health and safety expo in May

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2014 The mining and construction sectors had suffered losses in terms of contracts, which directly impacted on the retrenchment of employees, said global media company UBM Montegomary director Joshua Low at a press conference this month to highlight the upcoming Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)... 

There are both good and bad in draft mine health Bill – lawyer

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th January 2014 Time is up for mining companies to make submissions concerning the proposed amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), following the publication of the draft Mine Health and Safety Bill 2013, in November. 

Sheq accreditation to secure contracts at mines

By: David Oliveira     8th November 2013 South Africa-based turnkey camp accommodation construction and facilities management company, African Camp Construction (AfriCamp SA), is implementing various safety, health and environmental accreditations for its safety management system, which will enable the company to participate in larger... 

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