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Call for participation – Quality System

Online since 28.06.2018 • Filed under Professions - Developers • From Issue 24 page(s) 44
Call for participation – Quality System

Surface mining industry association, Aspasa, its members as well as users of products unearthed by its members, has urged members to become involved with its process of formulating its own quality management system.


The association already has health and safety, as well as environmental management systems which are mandatory for its members to ensure the safe and sustainable supply of materials to various markets. The creation of a bespoke quality management system designed with local requirements and legislation in mind, is the next logical step in maintaining the association’s status as a world-leader in driving the interests of the surface mining industry. According to Aspasa director, Nico Pienaar, strict new requirements are being placed on the supply of materials for building (sand, aggregates, dimension stones), foodstuffs (salt), energy (coal, ash) and other minerals which require modern quarries and surface mines to implement advanced process control and quality management systems to ensure that they comply.


‘The development of a comprehensive quality management system based on international standards is therefore imperative and urgent. As a result, we have established a qualified task team to delve further into these different requirements and identify key areas to be covered generally and separately as per each segment of our industry.

‘We cannot, however, cover every angle on our own and therefore encourage our members and their clients to play an active role in the formulation of our quality controls and systems. A good example is the Road Pavement Forum (RPF), as well as South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) who provide constant input and deliberation on their future requirements.


‘We also look forward to receiving feedback from the construction, transport, food and beverage, energy and other sectors to ensure our quality manuals assist our members to cater for their future requirements.

Members should also step forward and provide input on their quality challenges so that our panel of experts may devise systems to assist them to comply with requirements,’ adds Pienaar.

The aim is to introduce the new system from the beginning of next year, where after annual audits will be conducted to ensure compliance with required processes and procedures. Once compliance has been ascertained, members will receive certification of compliance with the association’s strict requirements.


To Build wishes Mr and Mrs Nico Pienaar all the best with their upcoming retirement. The industry has lost the fulltime services of a legend, but hopefully we will hear from him again from time to time.


Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa

T +27 (011) 791 3327



Issue 24

Issue 24

July 2018

This article was featured on page 44 of
To Build Magazine Issue 24.

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