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Webber Wentzel provides overview of Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths guideline

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2019 Following the Chief Inspector of Mines’ publication of a guidance note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths, which aims to provide certainty about the processes to be followed in the event that the cause of a death at a mine is not immediately clear, law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kate... 

Legislation hampers small- to medium-sized surface miners

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Inflexible mining legislation that does not differentiate between small to medium-sized surface mining operations and larger, often underground, mining operations could cause the small surface mining sector to diminish, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Mines that... 

Surface miners seek full engagement of suppliers

6th May 2019 Surface mining association, Aspasa, has called on suppliers of the industry and those who make use of its products to become more involved and assist in the shaping of the industry to meet future challenges. “We want to be proactive and ensure everybody in the surface mining value chain is... 

Although there are still challenges, mining sector has made huge strides since 1994

By: Nadine James     26th April 2019 The South African mining landscape has changed significantly in the quarter century following Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as the first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa. While the industry has waned in terms of global production and research it has made... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

2020 Deadline for implementation of TMM regulations imminent

11th April 2019 The 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement the stipulations laid out in the 2015 amendments to the Chapter 8 regulations – which address the safe use of diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) – of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) is fast approaching. 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes to ‘something approaching positive’ 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 Stability, policy and regulatory certainty and rebuilding trust have been key themes in Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s first year in office. Taking the reins on February 27, 2018, of a government department overseeing one of the most difficult and fragmented industries in South... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 Stability, policy and regulatory certainty and rebuilding trust have been key themes in Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s first year in office. Taking the reins on February 27, 2018, of a government department overseeing one of the most difficult and fragmented industries in South... 

NUM calls for tough govt action after worker dies at Limpopo platinum mine

By: African News Agency      28th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday urged the government to hold the mining industry accountable for its failures, after a worker died at Modikwa Platinum Mine in Limpopo due to a fall of ground. "One death is too many and we call on the department of mineral resources to start... 

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