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Role of the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health

The Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health is an independent advisor to the government and is appointed by the Governor in Council.

The current Commissioner is Kate du Preez. She has more than 20 years experience in the mining industry across Africa and Australia, including working in underground coal mines and in management positions.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and was the first woman in South Africa to hold a mine manager's certificate of competency in coal mining. As a miner herself, Mrs du Preez is passionate about the mining industry and is a strong advocate for mining safety and health issues.

Functions of the Commissioner

The Commissioner's main functions are to:

Annual reports

The Commissioner provides an annual performance report on the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

As the chair of the advisory committees, the Commissioner also reports on the operations of the committees.

Contact the Commissioner

Phone: +61 7 3096 6528