10 Jun

UASA today attended the launch of the Minerals Council’s Khumbul’ekhaya initiative.This is a CEO-led strategy on health and safety which was designed by the Minerals Council CEO Zero Harm Forum with the aim of eliminating fatalities in the mining industry.

Khumbul’ekhaya, a Nguni word for “remember home”, is used to emphasize the devastating impact that work-related deaths have on families. It intends to drive home an enhanced health and safety message with four main drivers:

  • The industry’s continued commitment to Zero Harm
  • A two-year focus on the elimination of fatalities as a result of health and safety Incidents
  • Adopting a holistic approach, recognising that fatalities are usually the result of a complex set of circumstances
  • Learning from incidents, from each other and from other industries

Mr David Msiza, Chief Inspector of Mines and the Chair of the MHSC, said “We shouldn’t lose sight of where we have come from. Decades ago, no one believed that Zero Harm was possible. If we maintain the reduction we have had, this will be the safest year ever.” He also went on to say that “Khumbul’ekhaya shows that leadership is accepting responsibility and leading from the front”

UASA welcomes and is pleased with this initiative and the continued efforts being made in the industry to ensure that Zero Harm becomes a reality. There has been a 53% decline in fatalities in the mining industry from 2008 to 2018. We are confident that all stakeholders involved and engaged in the mining industry are pushing to make sure Zero Harm will become a reality.

In this photo: UASA CEO Jacques Hugo, UASA COO Shadrack Motloung, UASA Divisional Manger for Minerals Franz Stehring.

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