Call for unity in aggregates sector
06 May 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018993
WITH businesses across the globe entering uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that industry sectors stand together and rebuild in a structured and sustainable way.
That’s according to the Aggregates and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (ASPASA), which said planning was already in progress for small-tier surface mines under the banner of the industry association to rebuild in order to ensure much needed commodities such as aggregates for construction, salt, diamonds, clay and other commodities become available as quickly as possible after the pandemic has run its course.
Director Nico Pienaar said the association was well set to assist the industry thanks to a strong working relationship at all spheres of government including the Department of Minerals and Energy, Minerals Council of South Africa technical and supporting committees dealing with social security, health and safety, security, environmental and engineering issues among others.
He said the association’s well-established communications network and public relations reach, enables it to communicate with and to all areas of the industry from grass roots to managements and all stakeholders.
“We are going to have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and rebuild our nation together. That is why we want all surface mines and quarries, as well as their supply chains, to become members and strengthen our response,” Pienaar said.
The association provides support services in the following areas: international and government liaison, engineering, security, legal compliance, technical and quality, public relations and industry promotion, internal liaison, transport management, environmental, social security, health and safety, HR and training, and general services.
He said a combined and coordinated effort would be required to deal with future supply, manpower and resources of the industry and coordination with suppliers and service providers to the industry. “Industry associations will play a more important role than ever before, and we are ready for the challenge.”