Chamber of Mines member Aspasa, has decided to change its name in order to be more inclusive and representative of its growing and diverse member-base.

The association, which is best known for its role in the quarrying industry said tireless efforts to formalise and steer the industry have yielded considerable results and led to the industry being acknowledged as a leader in the fields of health, safety and environmental management locally, as well as globally by peer organisations such as the Global Aggregates Information Network (GAIN).

“Our work to represent the industry and create a safe, sustainable, fair and level playing field has led to organisations outside of the quarrying industry requesting assistance and membership. As a result we have taken the decision to act broadly on the entire opencast and related mining industries, wherever operations are similar and face similar challenges,” said Nico Pienaar, director, Aspasa.

The association, whose brand name is well-known and is synonymous with action on behalf of its members, will retain the acronym Aspasa, but will no longer be known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa.

“This will be phased out during the next few months as our branding becomes aligned with the name change,” said Pienaar. “We have adopted the salt 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 agreeing to uphold our strict standards and be legally compliant with the legislation.

Membership to Aspasa will now  also include

  • Mobile crushing
  • Formal quarrying/mining
  • Contract crushing
  • Rubble crushing
  • Ash and coal
  • Borrow pit
  • “By signing up, members will be required to be compliant with all legal and statutory requirements, as well as undergoing two annual audits to affirm compliance with our own health and safety and separate environmental standards that are closely allied to ISO standards,” concluded Pienaar.