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Minister Mantashe to lead 2018 Health and Safety Summit

Date Published: 15 Oct 2018

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Gwede Mantashe, together with the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), will host the 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Summit ‪on 18 – 19 October 2018.

Tripartite stakeholders (government, business and organised labour) will collectively assess progress made in attaining the objective of “Every mineworker returning from work unharmed every day: Striving for zero harm”, and derive solutions that will assist the industry to improve the current situation.

“It is urgent for us to pay attention to health and safety of mineworkers and affected mining communities. Hence we moved forward the hosting of this Summit,” Minister Mantashe said.


“Our aim is zero fatalities, and we can only do that if we - government, mining companies and labour unions - work together. It is important for all stakeholders to appreciate that mining is not only about the minerals being mined, it is about human beings,” the Minister added.


Members of the media are invited to attend the open sessions at the Summit, scheduled to take place as follows:


DAY 1: Opening of the Summit

Date: ‪18 October 2018

Venue: The Lakes hotel, Benoni

Time: ‪08h30 – 13:00


DAY 2: Feedback and way forward

Date:     ‪19 October 2018

Venue:   The Lakes Hotel, Benoni

Time:     ‪08:00 – 13:00


Q&A with members of the media:

Venue:   Media room, The Lakes Hotel, Benoni

Time:     ‪13:00


To RSVP, send your details to  or ‪012 444 3074/ 060 660 4379 not later than ‪Wednesday, 17 October 2018, at 13:00


For media enquiries, contact:


Nathi David Shabangu ‪073 852 1922 (Media Liaison Officer – Ministry)

Ayanda Shezi ‪082 308 1586 (Head of Communications) 


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Issued by Department of Mineral Resources and the Mine Health and Safety Council

2018 Health and Safety Summit