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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. vol.110 n.8 Johannesburg Aug. 2010




The development of a comprehensive, practical, and integrated management method for the South African mining industry



J.D. Stone; J.N. van der Merwe

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa




This paper briefly reviews the adequacy of existing management theories and practices and the managerial proficiency or competency in the South African mining industry. The investigation revealed that existing management practices are totally inadequate to enable all employees on all the levels of the mining industry to achieve the results required from them, in all aspects, at all times. As a result, the South African mining industry is gradually losing its long standing reputation as a relative cheap, competitive, and reliable supplier of minerals to the local and global markets. According to some prominent management authors and theorists, an all-inclusive unified management theory does not exist at present. In this paper the authors summarize the main aspects of a newly developed comprehensive, practical, and integrated management method. It is believed that the application of this method would significantly improve the future performance and competitiveness of the South African mining industry.

Keywords: Comprehensive integrated management, mine management, mine planning, Mine Managers Certificate of Competency



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Paper received Feb. 2009
Revised paper received Nov. 2009

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