Management

NIXT MANAGEMENT

 


MANAGEMENT

ADVISORY FORUM

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT


MANAGEMENT

Chairman:
John Mellor
Sasol
Secretary Stuart Tough
NIXT
   
Treasurer Dawie Mynhardt
BME
Members Cheryl Kelly
AELMS

Petrus Cloete

RDM

  Berta Fourie

PMP

  Nomsa Moila

Maxam

  Piet Halliday

SAFEX

  Corrie Rautenbach

Co-Opted


ADVISORY FORUM

Chairman  
Cheryl Kelly AELMS
Secretary  
Stuart Tough -NIXT
Members  
-All interested persons from the Explosives and related industries -  


Meetings may be attended by any interested individual.

Contact the Secretary should you wish to participate on the Advisory Forum.

                                  NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR EXPLOSIVES TECHNOLOGY
            
 NIXT
    

 
PO Box 921 LONEHILL 2062
Telephone 084 276 6030
Fax:  086 671 0110

ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD 1 APRIL 2016 TO 31 MARCH 2017
   

NIXT is not a Trade Association and is primarily addressing issues related to safety, health, environment, risk and quality. Members of NIXT shall not engage in any sensitive competition related topics during meetings and conferences. NIXT is not liable for any conduct inconsistent of the Competition Law by its members.

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

It is my privilege to present the annual report of the National Institute for explosives (NIXT), for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

 

NIXT provides a neutral platform where all stakeholders can participate in learning events which particularly relate to the safe manufacturing and handling of explosives. Opportunities to do this are primarily provided through the running of regular Advisory Forum Meetings as well as Conferences.

 

In addition to the completion of three successful conferences during the course of the year, NIXT also achieved a new milestone in October with the publication of our first SA customised Guideline entitled the “ Safe Handling, Storage and Emergency Response of Ammonium Nitrate (PPAN/PGAN/TGAN)” on the NIXT Website. The guideline represented the culmination of several highly successful workshops which were conducted with industry participants and our legislators.  It is intended that the NIXT published Guidelines will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis as required.

It is anticipated that we will next consider the publication of a Guideline on Pumpable Emulsions.

 

We also continued to maintain our close association and on-going networking with SAFEX, The Institute of Makers Explosives (IME) and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) through our Associate Membership.

 

NIXT will continue in its endeavour, which was started by my predecessors, to not only become more representative of the key role players in the explosives industry, but in particular to heighten the awareness of the important role that NIXT plays in promoting safety in our industry. 

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

The current NIXT membership profile is as follows:

 

  • Corporate: 6 (Sasol, AEL, BME, RDM,  PMP and MAXAM)
  • Associate: 22
  • Individual: 6
  • Invited:      3
  • Active Honorary Members: 3

 

We welcome three new Associate Members:

 

  • Orica
  • The Bomb Squad
  • Kroondal Mine (part of the Sibanye Group).

 

There were no resignations during the year.

MANAGEMENT:

 

NIXT Management comprises of company members who serve on a voluntary basis towards meeting the goals of NIXT and its members.

 

The current management team is as follows:

 

Chairperson:                           John Mellor  (Commercial, Sasol)

Advisory Forum Chairperson:  Cheryl Kelly (Commercial, AELMS)

Secretary:                               Stuart Tough (Individual Memember, NIXT)

Member:                                  Dawie Mynhardt (Commercial, BME)

Member:                                  Nomsa Moila (Commercial, MAXAM)

Member:                                  Piet Halliday (SAFEX)

Member:                                  Petrus Cloete (Armament Manufacturing, RDM)

Member:                                  Berta Fourie (Armament Manufacturing, PMP) 

 

Thanks to all management members for their on-going dedication to serve on the management committee. It is highly appreciated!

 

A special thank you to Dawie Mynhardt for his dedicated and selfless commitment to successfully steering NIXT as its Chairperson over the past two years as well as to Corrie Rautenbach who served as a Member representing the Mining Industry prior to leaving Anglo Platinum during the course of the year.

 

 

FINANCE:

 

I am pleased to report that NIXT is in good Financial Standing for the audited year ending 31st  December 2016. Thanks once again to Stuart and Liz Tough for the detailed work they do to ensure that not only the necessary NIXT payments are made timeously, but for their dedicated commitment to follow up on both membership and conference fees.

 

CONFERENCES:

 

All three conferences were well attended with an average attendance of 75 at each of the conferences held in 2016.

 

A special note of thanks to UNISA  (Florida Campus) and RDM for making their facilities available for us.

 

The conferences were as follows:

 

Number 63: “Techniques for Incident and Fire Investigation” (April 2016)

Number 64: “Incident and Accident Case Studies” (July 2016)

Number 65: “Analytical and Testing Methods” (October 2016)

 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

During the course of the year, NIXT (together with various participants from industry and academia) assisted the Department of Labour in the development of an Explosives Manager Qualification Matrix.

 

The training courses offered and presented by UNISA continue to be well supported by the industry. In January, NIXT Certificates of Merit were awarded to Professors Heinz Schenk and Andries de Beer in recognition for their significant contribution to furthering education in the Explosives Industry.

 

NIXT will continue to support various training and development initiatives where able to do so.

 

STRATEGY

 

The NIXT Portfolio Committees on “Skills and Knowledge Development”, “Legislation” and Safety and Guidelines” will continue to inform our strategy going forward.

The Management Committee also decided on three focus areas for the next year which are:

 

  • To continue to improve in effectiveness with regard to reaching operating personnel such

      as plant supervisors and foremen in the industry;

  • Improving the visibility of the work done by NIXT to senior and influential managers and directors;
  • Continue to provide value, where appropriate, through the link between Regulators and the Industry.

 

CONCLUSION

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all NIXT members for their continued support and participation in NIXT over the last year, and wish Management and Members a successful year ahead.

 

 

Dr John Mellor

19 April 2017

 




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