The annual MineSAFE Conference’s 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.
Since its inception in 2009, the MineSAFE Conference has established itself as a premier event on the mining industry calendar. 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 Association (SACMA), with valuable input from the Department of Mineral Resources, Chamber of Mines, The Mine Health and Safety Council, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA The Union.
The Conference is unique in that it is the only conference of its kind that actively encourages participation from all stakeholders and is wholly supported by industry, employee representative organisations and Government. It is this tripartite approach that has been the cornerstone of the Conference' success to date.
In 2014, the Technical Conference will focus primarily on Sustaining Zero Harm throughout the South African mining industry. During the Technical Conference delegates can look forward to high-level presentations from the Chamber of Mines, The Mine Health and Safety Council, Anglo American, Impala Platinum, Lonmin, Sibanye Gold, Exxaro and BHP Billiton. Papers will cover wide-ranging topics related to safety, health, environment and ‘peopology’ in the pursuit of Zero Harm.
The Technical Conference leads into the Industry Day Awards aimed at recognising and rewarding mines that have achieved significant safety successes and improvements throughout the year.
This year, the MineSAFE Conference will be held for the sixth consecutive year, having extended its reach to include the coal industry since 2011. Over 200 mines are represented at the conference, as well as various employee representative organisations and Government departments, with over 750 delegates from across the industry expected to attend.