An Investigation Into Accidents Prevention Efforts in a Particular Mining Industry in Limpopo (South Africa)

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An Investigation into Accidents Prevention Efforts in a particular Mining Industry in Limpopo

Mpho Francoise Gwangwa

MBA

2011

An Investigation into Accidents Prevention Efforts in a particular Mining Industry in Limpopo

By

Mpho Francoise Gwangwa

Dissertation submitted to Regent Business School, South Africa in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration

Supervisor: Dr O Mtapuri

2011

DECLARATION

I, Mpho Francoise Gwangwa, do hereby declare that this dissertation is the result of my investigation and research and that this has not been submitted in part or full for any degree or for any other degree to any other University.

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M.F. GwangwaDate

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Firstly I would like to thank God for giving me all the strength and abilities to be who I am today.

My wife Ntebaleng and children, for understanding my circumstances and allowing me to study in peace.

Lastly but not least, my supervisor Dr. Oliver Mtapuri, for his much needed support and guidance which paved way for me to finish the study.

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to research, find out answers from the literature, and provide recommendations with regard to the role played by the Government and mining companies in reducing or eliminating all minor and fatal accidents in the South African mining industry. Most of the serious accidents that are experienced in the underground mines are caused by the falls of ground, explosives, mud rush, ventilation, and transport related. The study was aimed at establishing the major causes of accidents at the mines and the efforts undergone by the Government, mining companies, and trade union in mitigating the fatal trend. The study was based on a qualitative approach whereby I interviewed respondents from the health and safety enforcement inspectorates from the Department of Labour (DoL), Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Chamber of Mines (CM), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and the open cast platinum mine in the Limpopo Province. The results of this project are based on the data scanned from the literature and interviews carried out in the course of this investigation. The study found out that workers continue to be injured and also losing their lives at the mines and I recommend Government, mining companies, and trade union to take serious actions against mining companies that are not complying with the mine health and safety legislation in South Africa.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ContentPage No.

Title pageii

Declarationiii

Acknowledgementiv

Abstractv

Table of Contentsvi

List of Tablesix

List of Figuresix

List of Acronymsx

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1 Introduction1

1.2 Background to the study1

1.3 Problem statement2

1.4 Aim of the study3

1.5 Objective of the study4

1.6 Research questions4

1.7 Significance of the study5

1.8 Format of the study5

1.9 Conclusion6

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 Introduction7

2.2 The South African mining industry in perspective7

2.3 Major causes of accidents in the mines10

2.4 The role of the DMR in eliminating injuries and fatalities in the mines12

2.5 The role of mines in protecting their employees from fatalities17

2.6 Actions by NUM with regard to fatalities in the mines18

2.7 Conclusion18

CHAPTER THREE:...
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