n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Commentary on the Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations, P. Masilo and G. Rautenbach : book review

Volume 2009, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Ensuring workplace health and safety is crucial, particularly in the mining sector. The allure of precious metals has resulted in the so-called ultra deep mines in South Africa and the importance of these types of mines in our economy cannot be underestimated. This, coupled with the shoddy safety record of the South African (sub-surface) mining industry, makes the question of health and safety in mines more pressing than ever. It is twelve years since the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 (MHSA) has come into force. In this period there has been a series of fatalities in South African mines which culminated in a presidential decree for an audit of every South African mine to pinpoint the reason for such fatalities. It is clear that the promulgation of health and safety laws alone is inadequate. Health and safety laws have to be enforced and complied with. To achieve this it is of utmost importance that the laws be properly interpreted by those who (should) implement, enforce or comply with them. It is in this context that the contribution under review becomes more relevant.

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