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DMR Draws Up Reviewed Housing and Living Conditions Standard

March 26, 2019

Department of Mineral Resources

26 March 2019

A Reviewed Housing and Living Conditions Standard for the mining industry has been drawn up.

The mineral resources department published the Draft Reviewed Housing and Living Conditions Standard for the minerals industry in Government Gazette 42326 for comment.

The Standard seeks to ensure that adequate housing, healthcare services, balanced nutrition and water are adequately provided to mine employees in South Africa.

It also aims to ensure that mining companies provide “decent livable integrated human settlements, healthcare services, balanced nutrition, water and related amenities to mine employees.”

The Standard is an element of the Mining Charter.

In the introduction, the department acknowledges that the local mining industry has made inroads in upgrading hostels and converting them to single accommodation units but emphasizes that “there is still a long way to go before attainment of adequate and livable housing and living conditions for mine employees”.

The department also calls for the implementation of initiatives such as the Special Presidential Package on revitalisation of ghost mining towns, the Operation Phakisa process and framework agreement to be speeded up.

The overall objective of the Standard is to “provide for strengthened housing and living conditions standard with clearly defined principles, processes, timelines and enforcement measures to progressively eradicate the injustices to which mine employees were and are subjected to, consistent with section100(1)(a) of the MPRDA, provisions of the Constitution and related regulatory instruments”.

Focus areas of the Standard include mine employees housing conditions principles, housing options, minimum basic services applicable to new and existing mining rights, principles for living conditions, housing and living conditions plan and compliance measures and scorecard.

Comment on the Draft Reviewed Standard is invited within 30 days of the date of publication of the notice.