The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) has set up a committee to look into the re-skilling of mine workers.
The select committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy confirmed this in a statement following a briefing by the MHSC on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the South African mining industry.
During the meeting, the committee expressed its concern about job losses in the mining sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The committee was of the view that the Mine Health and Safety Council, together with the Department of Mineral Resources, needs to look into the re-skilling, capacitating and training of mine workers.”
In response, the MHSC informed the committee that a committee on re-skilling of mine workers has been established.
“The council indicated that it is still early stages on the matter but a plan is in place to address the capacitating of mine workers.”
The committee also highlighted that 161 section 54 instructions and section 55 instructions have been issued.
The MHSC also announced that the total number of mine inspections and audits conducted as at the end of June 2020 was 1681.
A COVID-19 Audit Tool has been developed and disseminated to all Regional Offices for implementation.