Advert offering MHSC bursaries to students wishing to qualify in Mine Seismology

The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) was established in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) to advise the Minister of Mineral Resources on health and safety at mines, on research programs and the review of regulations pertaining to mine health and safety.

A critical shortage of qualified seismologists within the South African Mining Industry (SAMI) and the country as a whole has been identified. It is considered to be one of the main challenges in addressing the recent regression in mine safety due to an increase in injuries caused by rockbursts (i.e. falls-of-ground related to mining-induced seismicity). The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) seeks to attract qualified candidates interested in pursuing a career in Mine Seismology.

BSc Honours (Geophysics) with a concentration in Mine Seismology

The only BSc Hons course that provides training in Mine Seismology and leads to registration with the South African Council for Natural Science Professions (SACNASP) is offered by the University of the Witwatersrand, situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. The BSc Hons (Geophysics) degree prepares graduates for careers in mineral, oil and gas exploration, mining, groundwater and environmental geoscience. The 120-credit course comprises the following topics:

  1. Mathematical and Computational Geophysics (16 credits);
  2. Global Geophysics (16 credits);
  3. Advanced Potential Theory (16 credits);
  4. Seismology (16 credits);
  5. Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods (16 credits);
  6. Research Project (30 credits); Field School (10 credits)

Students concentrating on mine seismology will undertake a Research Project that addresses a relevant topic. Participation in the Field School will be replaced by a secondment to an organisation where they will receive practical experience in Mine Seismology. Any student that does not have a credit in Geology is also required to complete a first year course in the subject.

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for the bursary, an applicant should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be in possession of a BSc degree or equivalent qualification including Mathematics and Physics at second year level, or in the final year(s) of completing same,
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old,
  • Be a South African citizen, and
  • Be willing to work in the South African mining industry on completion of the qualification.
  • Experience in the SAMI will be an added advantage,


The bursary will cover the full costs of the course including fees, accommodation, training/course material, and excursions. The course programme will commence in conjunction with the 2019 Academic year at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Interested applicants should send their letter of application, summarising why they believe they should be considered for the bursary, accompanied by a comprehensive CV with a minimum of two (2) referees, to Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and further details by email from the MHSC.

The closing date for applications is the 21 September 2018. Should you not hear anything from us, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.