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Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996

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29 of 1996

The Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 intends:

  • to provide for protection of the health and safety of employees and other persons at mines and, for that purpose - 
    • to promote a culture of health and safety; 
    • to provide for the enforcement of health and safety measures; 
    • to provide for appropriate systems of employee, employer and State participation in health and safety matters; 
    • to establish representative tripartite institutions to review legislation, promote health and enhance properly targeted research; 
    • to provide for effective monitoring systems and inspections, investigations and inquiries to improve health and safety; 
    • to promote training and human resources development; 
    • to regulate employers' and employees' duties to identify hazards and eliminate, control and minimise the risk to health and safety;
    • to entrench the right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions; and 
    • to give effect to the public international law obligations of the Republic relating to mining health and safety; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.


  • 15 January 1997
  • 15 January 1998, except Sections 86(2) and (3)