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Annual Report


2 August 2011


Presentation Outline

  • Background
  • Health and Safety Performance.
  • OHS Improvement Strategy.
  • Mine Safety Achievements.
  • Commodity prices breaking records with gold price exceeding $1 600 /oz and speculators predicting $2 000/oz platinum price in near future.
  • Public sector infrastructure spending worth R808.6 bn over MTEF.
  • Mining growth further expected in the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape Provinces.
  • Diminishing gold ore reserves resulting in deepening of shafts and mining of shaft and remnant pillars.
  • Poor legacy of health management resulting in social and economic impact with suffering mine employees and companies facing potential multimillion rand claims.

Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate


Execute the Department’s mandate to safeguard the health and safety of the mine employees and people affected by mining activities.


Reduce mining-related deaths, injuries and ill health through the formulation of national policy and legislation, the provision of advice, and the application of systems that monitor, audit and enforce compliance in the mining sector.



2003 - 2009


2009/10 Achievements/ Successes

  • Improved stakeholder relationships
  • Quarterly meetings in all regions with Unions.
  • Quarterly meetings with DoL, DoH and DPP.
  • Address Health and Safety Risks:
  • Completed Inquiries & Investigations as planned.
  • Audits (83%) & Inspections (91%).
  • Development of Guidelines
  • Reviewed existing Guidelines.
  • (e.g. Underwater Mining; Emergency Preparedness; and Drawpoints, Tipping Points & Orepasses).
  • Review and develop internal policies and procedures
  • Exams Policy, Medical Appeal Procedure; Inclusion or Non-Inclusion of Fatal accidents in Statistics.
  • Human Resource Development
  • 99 Officials completed a course on Risk Management in Mining.
  • 97 Officials completed Health & Safety Training (Legal, Inspection, Audit, Investigation and inquiries).


  • Accidents in the mines “one life lost is one too many”.
  • Elimination of recurring accidents.
  • Fall of ground and TMM risk presents a significant obstacle to achievement of zero harm.
  • High rate of occupational illness and diseases.
  • TB, HIV and AIDS impact on society and industry.
  • Accuracy of Occupational Hygiene Measurement results.
  • Growing mining sector versus skills base.
  • Entrenching sustainable compliance culture in mining sector.
  • Failure to adopt leading practice.

Restructuring of MHSI to enhance enforcement capacity

Splitting of the North West regional office into two independent offices. PI will be appointed in Rustenburg;

Establishment of regional compliance and investigation units;

Appointment of legal advisors at the regional offices to assist with investigations and inquiries;

Chief Directorate: Occupational Health has been established and is operational;

19 Learner Inspectors appointed at our regional offices;

18 Bursary Students doing engineering courses;

Training Initiatives with WITS, MQA and IRCA.


Promotion and Enforcement

  • Enhance co-operation with tripartite stakeholders through the MHSC and MQA;
  • Mine Health and Safety Summit to be held during the financial year;
  • Arrange regional quarterly tripartite forum meetings to share health and safety information;
  • Engaging unions on health and safety matters;
  • Requesting quarterly reports from the mining company boards and engaging CEOs;
  • Review of the Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations to strengthen enforcement and set minimum standards;
  • SIMRAC/CGS project on integration of seismic networks has commenced.
  • Stoppage of unsafe mines in line with our legislation maintained (441 issued and 726 transgressions addressed).

Occupational Health

  • Promote the review and implementation of effective mine health programmes to prevent significant exposure to health hazards;
  • Employ the services of a NIOH/CSIR to assist MHSI with verification of mine sampling results;
  • Collaboration with the DoH and other stakeholders to ensure a sustainable improvement on ill-health including HIV and TB;
  • HIV/TB Summit will be held in this financial year;
  • Reviewed Mining Charter now includes health and safety issues and require companies to improve housing and living conditions of mine employees.

Mine Safety Achievements

  • Anglo Thermal Coal Fatal Free in 2010
  • 8 Million Fatality Free Shifts

Modikwa Platinum Mine

  • 4 Million Fatality Free Shifts

Impala Platinum 1 Shaft

Impala Platinum 7A Shaft

  • 2 Million Fatality Free Shifts

Impala Platinum 12 # Mine

Grootegeluk Colliery