Minerals Council South Africa

The Minerals Council South Africa 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 the Chamber of Mines, 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. On 23 May 2018, the South African Chamber of Mines rebranded themselves as the Minerals Council South Africa.[2]

Minerals Council South Africa
PredecessorTransvaal and Orange Free State Chamber of Mines
Founded atJohannesburg, South Africa
PurposeA 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.
Gauteng, South Africa
69 corporate members
Mxolisi Mgango
Vice President
Neal Froneman
Vice President
Andile Sangqu
Vice President
Steve Phiri
Key people
Roger Baxter (CEO)

Early historyEdit

On 21 October 1887, the Transvaal Chamber of Mines met for the first time at Central Hotel in Johannesburg.[3]:123 Forty seven people attended the first meeting and its first President was Henry Struben.[3]:123 The organizations 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.[3]:123 More than a year later in 1889, the Chamber was reconstituted as the Witwatersrand Chamber of Mines.[3]:123 Its new President was Hermann Eckstein and the honorary President was Paul Kruger.[3]: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.[3]:124 By 1892, Eckstein took up post in London and Lionel Phillips took over as President of the Chamber on 1 January 1893.[3]:124

Previous presidentsEdit



  1. ^ Members - About | Chamber Of Mines Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "SA Chamber of Mines renamed: Minerals Council South Africa". Mining Review South Africa. 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Shorten, John R. (1970). The Johannesburg Saga. Johannesburg: John R. Shorten Pty Ltd. p. 1159.
  4. ^ Bright, Rachel (2013). Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137316578.