South African Chamber of Mines

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Chamber of Mines of South Africa
Predecessor Transvaal and Orange Free State Chamber of Mines
Formation 1968
Founded at Johannesburg, South Africa
Purpose A mining industry employers’ organisation that supports and promotes the South African mining industry, serving and promoting their interests by providing strategic support and advisory input.
Location
Region
Gauteng, South Africa
Membership
69 corporate members
President
Mike Teke
Vice President
Graham Biggs
Vice President
Andile Sangqu
Key people
Roger Baxter (CEO)
Website www.chamberofmines.org.za/home

The Chamber of Mines is a South African mining-industry employer organisation. Its members include famous South African mining houses such as Anglo American De Beers, Gold Fields and Harmony.[1] In its current form, it was founded in 1968 as a South African wide organization. Prior to that year, it has its early origins as the Transvaal Chamber of Mines in 1887, then evolved over many years reforming as the Witwatersrand Chamber of Mines in 1889, the Chamber of Mines of the South African Republic from 1897, Transvaal Chamber of Mines from 1902 and lastly from 1953 until 1967 as the Transvaal and Orange Free State Chamber of Mines.

Early history[edit]

On 21 October 1887, the Transvaal Chamber of Mines met for the first time at Central Hotel in Johannesburg.[2]:123 Forty seven people attended the first meeting and its first President was Henry Struben.[2]:123 The organization main aim was to disseminate information, the reading of technical and scientific papers, publishing monthly gold returns, financial issues and other mining issues but after a few meetings the group petered out.[2]:123 More than a year later in 1889, the Chamber was reconstituted as the Witwatersrand Chamber of Mines.[2]:123 Its new President was Hermann Eckstein and the honorary President was Paul Kruger.[2]:123

The early work of the Chamber was a uniform standard of treatment for black mine workers on the members mines, advocated for changes to the Gold Law legislation and for a railway system with the South African Republic government.[2]:124 By 1892, Eckstein took up post in London and Lionel Phillips took over as President of the Chamber on 1 January 1893.[2]:124

Previous presidents[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Members - About | Chamber Of Mines
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Shorten, John R. (1970). The Johannesburg Saga. Johannesburg: John R. Shorten Pty Ltd. p. 1159. 
  3. ^ Bright, Rachel (2013). Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137316578.