Mining in South Africa makes a meaningful contribution to the South African economy. Its effects however, are more visible locally amongst mining communities and in the rural areas of the country. More than ever before the South African industry is deeply conscious of its role in society, its obligations to its host communities and their environment. AMMSA endorses our members’ efforts to work with all stakeholders to understand their concerns, to work towards sustainable solutions, and to generate long-term wealth and well-being among communities.
In line with this, AMMSA co-signed the Mining Sector Occupational Health and Safety Targets and Milestones, and subscribes to the Amended Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter (Mining Charter) for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry.
Deep-level mines in South Africa present unique challenges in terms of seismicity, heat and ventilation, amongst others. AMMSA endorses the industry’s commitment to reducing injuries in the workplace on the one hand, while it proactively also campaigns for zero fatalities – working towards the elimination of fatalities in the workplace.
The key challenges in the industry related to employee health include tuberculosis (TB), silicosis and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Another major challenge in this area is HIV and AIDS. The Tripartite Forum is also focused on health issues, and the MOSH Task Team has included noise and dust as a key focus area in its Adoption Programme.
AMMSA supports the Mining Charter’s aim of improving the industry’s environmental management and as such focuses on sharing leading practice and arranging technical visits to operations that have excelled in environmental management. This focus area also forms part of the Association’s annual MineSAFE Conference.
Throughout the year, AMMSA holds various fund-raising initiatives through its District Meetings. These funds are ploughed back into the community. AMMSA is particularly proud of its association with the TEBA Development SCI Project.
- MineSAFE Conference
The annual MineSAFE Conference’ main aim is to actively contribute to the achievement of zero harm in the South African mining industry by sharing best practices and encouraging the adoption of these practices across the industry. The conference is jointly organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA) and the South African Colliery Managers Assocation (SACMA), with valued input from the Department of Mineral Resources, Chamber of Mines, the Mine Health and Safety Council, the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA The Union.