Modern Quarrying

The country’s leading quarrying and mining industry representative association Aspasa, is rebranding to reflect a growing and diverse membership base. It has taken a decision to retain the Aspasa acronym only and will no longer be known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa. This is being phased out over the new few months as the branding becomes aligned with the name change.

Aspasa director Nico PienaarAspasa director Nico Pienaar.

The association’s work in representing the industry in creating a safe, sustainable, fair and level playing field for its members has led to organisations outside of the quarrying industry requesting assistance and membership. As a result, Aspasa has decided to act broadly in the entire opencast and related mining industries, and wherever similar operations face the same challenges.

Aspasa director Nico Pienaar explains further: “As a result, we have adopted the sand and dimension stone mining industries as well as incorporating the Coal Ash Association into our care. We are also open to any other opencast mining operations applying for membership and which agree to uphold our strict standards in terms of being legally compliant with current legislation.”

Tightening mine legislation and widespread calls for quality materials have led to increasing numbers of opencast mining operations signing up for membership of the opencast industry association, Aspasa.

Aspasa broadens member representationAspasa membership is now open to the entire opencast and related mining industries, which includes mobile crushing; formal quarrying/mining; contract crushing; rubble crushing; ash and coal; and borrow pits.

Pienaar says the move is necessary to accommodate growing numbers of opencast mining operations seeking assistance with compliance to health, safety and environment legislation, as well as a strong requirement for improved quality management. “Membership of the association requires strict standards to be applied and is subject to both environmental, as well as health and safety audits. Those joining need to be legally compliant in terms of the relevant laws pertaining to mining.

“These have been recognised globally to be at the forefront of requirements and have played an important role in improving standards on local operations and making them more sustainable. We want to share our expertise and assist the industry where possible and as a result we have broadened our membership to include members from the salt mining, lime, dimension stone and clay mining industries, as well as ash resellers and any other opencast or similar type of operations that are legal operators.

“These operations also want to be part of a larger industry that speaks with a unified voice to address challenges and issues that are facing them individually or as unified industry. These include assistance with tax-related issues, legislation, skills development and labour issues. They now have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic association with representation on all relevant government, mining, regulatory and other organisations relating to the opencast mining sector,” he confirms.

Pienaar adds that traditional sand and aggregate quarry membership is also increasing due to tightening material controls in the building and construction industries. “There is a move across all industries towards tighter standards and the association plays a pivotal role in disseminating this type of information and where necessary providing training and support to our members.

“As a result the association provides regular email updates to keep members informed as well as using its comprehensive website as a source of information and news of the industry. Various downloads are also available for use by members.”

www.aspasa.co.za

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