Black Mountain Mining received the Health and Wellness Award at SAIMM’s MineSAFE 2016 conference for its work on the Black Mountain Cataract Surgery project which “has made a significant impact on the advancement of health and wellness amongst its team members”.
The Black Mountain Mining project provides community members with cataracts who live in the Khai-ma Municipality and Namakwa District in the Northern Cape with access to sight-restoring surgery and the ability to live their lives normally again.
From its inception in September 2012, the project has completed 1 251 cases. One of the first events of 2016 ran from the 12 to 15 February resulting in sight being restored to 62 community members.
The conference, which ran from 31 August to 2 September in Ekurhuleni, aims to advance the target of zero harm by bringing together the mining industry, government and labour organisations to present on and discuss industry best practice, and to work together to improve safety in the industry.
The event ends off with the Industry Awards Day, the awards seen as the most prominent in the South African mining industry.
Black Mountain Mining General Manager André Trytsman acknowledged the contribution to the project of the Department of Health staff doctors, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) staff, Namomed staff, peer educators, ladies forum, community and schools’ volunteers, Hope4Life caregivers and all BMM employees that volunteered.
“We thank you for helping Black Mountain Mining to make this project possible and aim to continue the project’s success moving forward,” says Trytsman.