The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is mandated in accordance with the terms of section 43 of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), No. 29 of 1996 (as amended in 2008), in that the MHSC must:
- Advise the Minister on health and safety at mines including, but not limited to, any legislation on mine rehabilitation in so far as it concerns health and safety;
- Coordinate the activities of its committees, receive reports from the committees and liaise with the Mining Qualifications Authority on matters relating to health and safety;
- Liaise with any other statutory bodies concerned with matters relating to health and safety;
- Promote a culture of health and safety in the mining industry;
- At least every two years arrange and coordinate a tripartite summit to review the state of health and safety of mines;
- Perform every duty imposed upon the MHSC in terms of the MHSA; and
- Annually advise the Minister on relevant research relating to health and safety at mines.
To this end, the MHSC is established with five representatives of the Tripartite Stakeholder groupings from state, organised labour and employers.
- In addition, the MHSC enlists the assistance of the following advisory committees:
- Mining Regulation Advisory Committee (MRAC) to advise the Council on legislation, guidelines and standards;
- Mining Occupational Health Advisory Committee (MOHAC) to advise the Council on occupational health;
- Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee (SIMRAC) to advise the Council on health and safety research;
- Mining Industry HIV/AIDS and TB Advisory Committee (MITHAC) to advise the Council on HIV/AIDS and TB in the mining sector; and
- Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) to advise the Council on oversight requirements in line with the PFMA.
This is shown graphically in Figure 1 below: