At the recent 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) that took place in Cape Town earlier this year Mosebenzi Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources, called on delegates to re-channel their efforts towards development within Africa.
He expressed concerns about the lack of geoscientific knowledge on the continent and called on the geoscientists who attended the congress (of which the numbers ranged in the thousands) to expand their work in developing techniques to improve mining conditions. One such technique is electrical resistivity tomography to mitigate any risks of an unpredictable fall of ground, which occurs in shallow mines in South Africa as well as in the rest of Africa. He added that predictive techniques for seismic activity at a localised scale would help significantly in mines’ and authorities’ ability to respond to impending incidents at mines at risk.
The minister pointed out that government, business and organised labour have worked together to successfully reduce geo-hazards associated with deep mining.
Since the implementation of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act in 1996, the number of mine deaths has decreased from more than 800 per year to less than 100 per year. This, then places South Africa in the top quartile of mine safety records in the mining industry across the world. The Minister also emphasised that they would like this figure to drop to zero harm in mining.
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For the first time since 1929 the IGC was held in South Africa. Thousands of delegates discussed subjects ranging from mining, and climate change to planetary geology and exploration.
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