Beeshoek boosts mining occupational health

Assmang Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine and the Northern Cape Department of Health promoted mining occupational health at their annual SHE Day in September 2015.

Beeshoek general manager Mark Oosthuizen, his management, employees and various stakeholders reflected on another year of mining iron ore in a safe working environment, reaching more than three million injury-free man-hours, reported News24.

This annual major event on the calendar of the wellness department at Beeshoek Mine reflects on managing the health and safety of their employees.

It also aims to promote a culture of wellness among employees, their families, as well as the Postmasburg mining community.

Beeshoek iron ore mine GM Mark Oosthuizen, and wellness supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe at the SHE Day.
Beeshoek iron ore mine GM Mark Oosthuizen, and wellness supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe at the SHE Day.

Mining employer manages TB exposure and impacts

The day also formed part of the national TB screening campaign in the Northern Cape. According to Sr Magda America, district TB coordinator in the ZF Mgcawu District, TB is a worldwide crisis.

“Since there is a partnership between the Beeshoek Mine and the Department of Health, we decided to kick off our campaign as part of the SHE Day and to screen the employees of Beeshoek Mine as well.

“Currently we have more than 1000 people on TB treatment, including people at the Beeshoek Mine,” said America. “People who are co-infected are more than one third of the total TB cases reported.”

TB patients must go for treatment for at least six months to avoid becoming resistant to TB treatment.

Service providers, including Absa, Old Mutual and Standard Bank, assisted employees with financial and investment advice.

Katy Prior and her team of Avoir Corporate Health Care, as the new health partner in the mining sector at the mines of Beeshoek, Kolomela, Khumani, Sishen and Black Rock, introduced their services to Beeshoek Mine employees at their new offices.

Engineering manager Leon Venter and wellness supervisor Lekgotla Gaseemeloe thanked management, employees and their stakeholders for their participation.

Beeshoek is part of the African Rainbow Minerals Group (ARM).

• Source; News24