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ABOUT THE MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTORATE

The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate was established in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996), as amended. The aim is to execute the constitutional mandate of the Department of Mineral Resources to protect and safeguard the health and safety of mine employees and communities affected by mining operations.

The inspectorate is headed by th Chief Inspector of Mines, who is also the Chairperson of the Boards of the Mine Health and Safety Council and the Mining Qualifications Authority.

The Inspectorate has a head office component with ten regional offices located in the nine provinces of South Africa. Each regional office is headed by a Principal Inspector of Mines.

The regional offices and Principal Inspectors of Mines report to a Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines and these are divided as follows:

  • Central and Coastal Regions include the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape regional offices.
  • Central and North-Eastern Regions include the Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga regional offices.
  • Western Regions include the North West: Klerksdorp, North West: Rustenburg and Western Cape regional offices.

 

The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate was established in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996), as amended, to execute the statutory mandate of the Department of Mineral Resources to:

  • Safeguard the health and safety of mine employees and communities affected by mining operations.
  • Promote a culture of health and safety.
  • Enforce health and safety measures and/or legislation.

The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate strives towards a safe and healthy South African mining industry. This is to be achieved by reducing mining-related deaths, injuries and ill-health in the mining sector through:

  • The formulation of national policy and legislation.
  • The provision of advice.
  • The application of systems to monitor and enforce compliance with the law.

The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate is responsible for:

  • Enforcing the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996) and its provisions, as amended.
  • Developing policies and legislation to guide enforcement.
  • Investigations, inquiries, inspections and audits in the South African mining industry.
  • Facilitating HIV/AIDS work in the South African mining industry.
  • Chairing tripartite structures.
 
 Province  Contact Number  Address
 Eastern Cape  +27(0)41 403 6640  Private Bag X6076 Port Elizabeth 6000
 Free State  +27(0)57 391 1372  Private Bag X33 Welkom 9460
 Gauteng  +27(0)11 358 9776  Private Bag X5 Braamfontein 2017
 KwaZulu-Natal  +27(0)31 335 9626   Private Bag X54307 Durban 4000
 Limpopo  +27(0)15 287 4705  Private Bag X9467 Polokwane 0700
 Mpumalanga  +27(0)13 653 053  Private Bag X7279 Witbank 1035
 Northern Cape  +27(0)53 807 1735  Private Bag X6093 Kimberley 8300
 North West: Klerksdorp  +27(0)18 487 4316  Private Bag A1 Klerksdorp 2570
 North West: Rustenburg  +27(0)14 594 9240  P.O Box 150 Tlhabane 0309
 Western Cape  +27(0)21 427 1004  Private Bag X9 Rogge Bay 8012

I am looking for a list of the Codes of Practice. Where will I find it?

RESOURCE CENTRE - Mandatory codes of practice

I hope you can help me with a regional contact list of the different regions?

ABOUT THE MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTORATE - Regional offices

Where do I find the Leon Commission Report?

RESOURCE CENTRE - 1995: Leon Commission of Inquiry

Who can assist me with verifying a Blasting Certificate for Scheduled Mines?

GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY - For more information, contact us at gcc_examinations@dmr.gov.za.

I need a copy of the Mine Health and Safety Act. Where can I find it?

RESOURCE CENTRE - Mine Health and Safety Act and its regulations

Would you be so kind as to please show me in the right process to apply for Mine Managers’ examination?

GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY - Mine Managers’ certificate of competency

Where do I find mine safety statistics?

MINE ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS - Quarterly mine accident statistics

Please send me the COPs for occupational medicine.

RESOURCE CENTRE - Guidelines for the mandatory Codes of Practice: Occupational Medicine (DMR 16/3/2/3-range)

How do I lodge a section 20 appeal?

MEDICAL APPEALS - How do I lodge a section 20 appeal with the Medical Inspector?

Where do I find annual reports for the Inspectorate?

RESOURCE CENTRE - Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate Annual Reports

 

For more information, contact us at mhsi@dmr.gov.za