Tough times drew Sanire’s Western Bushveld branch members closer. Read how in this summary of the branch’s activities from its chairman, Wouter van Aarde:

Westerners support their own

Some of the marginal mines in the Western Bushveld stabilised in 2010 because of the moderate improvement in the outlook of the resources sector.

The current committee’s initial challenges were to find alternative fundraising methods and to renew interest in the branch technical evenings.

The former was met by hosting a Sanire golf day at Mooinooi Country Club. It was a resounding success and left many members begging for more. The tournament was well sponsored by a long list of suppliers. It is envisaged that the golf day will become an annual event that will grow with each year and breathe new life into the branch.

The latter is being addressed by inviting academics and experts in the field of rock engineering to speak at technical evenings.

In the beginning of the second half of 2010, the branch was dealt a major blow. Some had to be part of enquiries into the multiple fatal injuries at Aquarius 4 shaft, an occurrence similar to that at Impala 14 shaft. The Western Bushveld rock egineering fraternity displayed great unity and shared resources.

The industry learnt a lot from the outcomes of these unfortunate events through workshops facilitated by the Department of Mineral Resources and the Chamber of Mines.

The branch centres on one of the FIFA World Cup host cities. The soccer was a momentous occasion for North West province and afforded members the rare opportunity to be part of the biggest sporting event in the world.

As each year presents its own challenges we wish all our members a safe and productive 2011. We hope to take all we have learnt into the unpredictable future.

The committee members are:

Wouter van Aarde (chairman)

Marc Henderson (vice-chairman)

Obed Tsetsewa (treasurer and secretary)

Dave Gravett (suppliers’ representative).