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05 December 2018

Two awards for African surface mining industry campaigner

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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Aspasa director Nico Pienaar receives an honorary award from South Africa's Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
Nico Pienaar, director of southern African surface mining industry association Aspasa, has been honoured with two separate awards.

For more than 20 years as Aspasa director Pienaar has focused his energy on bringing about fair trade in the mining industry while promoting safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable mining practices.

He has been given a special award in recognition of his valuable and ongoing contributions to the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) as director of surface mining industry association, Aspasa. The award was presented to him by South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, at the Mine Occupational Health and Safety Summit which was held in Benoni recently.

Aspasa is a long-serving member of the MHSC and serves on numerous committees and boards where its primary focus is to create a fair and equitable environment for its members to operate in. It is also at the forefront of instilling ever-safer mining practices with zero harm to those on and around the mine at the forefront of its efforts. Also, to promote environmentally friendly practices.

Pienaar was also awarded a CEO Global Titans Building Nations Award 2018 for unsung heroes of the African business landscape. It is made in recognition of individuals who carry out important work behind the scenes to improve trading conditions and the lives of all in the sector with the motto “Do your best to inspire others, to do the same”.

Commenting on the awards, Pienaar said that he was honoured that his efforts on behalf of Aspasa have been recognised.

“It has really been a collaboration of all within the association, as well as our members who have driven us to do the best for our sector and the entire mining industry," he added.

“Aspasa remains at the forefront of promoting good mining practices and we continue to break new ground in the delivery of mining practices that are safer and less harmful to the environment, while remaining profitable and sustainable for generations to come."

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