John Mellor
Secretary Stuart Tough
Treasurer Dawie Mynhardt
Members Cheryl Kelly

Jurie Labuschagne


  Lyndon Metcalf


  Piet Halliday


  Paul Shewring





Cheryl Kelly AELMS
Stuart Tough -NIXT
-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.


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



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.




It is my privilege to present the annual report of the National Institute for Explosives Technology (NIXT), for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.


Our purpose is to provide 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.


The Management Team recognised the importance of communicating the critical purpose and role that NIXT plays in our industry to the senior company executives of our Corporate members. In this regard, a successful NIXT Corporate Executives Breakfast was held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on the 27th June 2018.


During the course of the year, two conferences were held which were enthusiastically supported as noted by the high attendance levels and good feedback received from attendees. Unfortunately, due to poor enrolment numbers, we decided to cancel the July 2018 Conference (Waste Destruction and Burning Ground Accidents).


Enthusiastic support was received from the explosives manufacturing industries to launch a Transporters Forum as part of the Advisory Meeting, and a Charter and standing agenda have been proposed. The Transporters Forum is due to commence as part of the April Advisory Meeting. It is also envisioned that one of the first outputs will be a Transport Good Practises document.

In addition to transportation, a further three good practice documents are being considered, namely on “Pumpable Emulsions and Transportation”, Waste Disposal” and “Radio Frequency”.


We also continued to maintain our close association and on-going networking with our regulators from the CIE, DoL and the DMR.


In 2018, NIXT maintained its close ties with SAFEX, The Institute of Makers Explosives (IME) and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) through our Associate Membership.


NIXT will strive to continue to become more representative of the key role players in the SA Explosives Industry and to heighten the promotion of safety.  




The current NIXT membership profile is as follows:


  • Corporate: 6 (Sasol, AEL, BME, RDM,  PMP and MAXAM)
  • Associate: 22
  • Individual: 10
  • Invited:      3




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


Ernest Hodgson (RDM) and Nomsa Moila (MAXAM) retired from the Management Committee and we welcome Lyndon Metcalf and Paul Shewring from RDM and MAXAM respectively. On behalf of the Management Committee I would like to sincerely thank both Ernest and Nomsa for the unique and important contributions they brought to NIXT and would like to formally welcome Lyndon and Paul and look forward to their support and insights!


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:                                  Paul Shewring (Commercial, MAXAM)

Member:                                  Piet Halliday (SAFEX/IME/ISEE)

Member:                                  Lyndon Metcalf (Armament Manufacturing, RDM)

Member:                                  Berta Fourie (Armament Manufacturing, PMP) 


A special word of thanks to all management members for their on-going dedication to serve on the management committee. It is highly appreciated!


My sincere thanks also goes to Stuart and Liz Tough for the detailed work they do in so many areas to ensure the on-going success of NIXT!





I am pleased to report that NIXT is in good Financial Standing for the audited year ending 31st  December 2018.


It is however noted that is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain effective income, and after significant reflection and in order to maintain the financial sustainability of NIXT in the light of on-going cost increases, it was agreed by the Management in January to increase conference fees to R1,200 for members and to R1,650 for non-members. Management members also continued to pay for their attendance at conferences.





A special note of thanks to UNISA (Florida Campus for making their facilities available to us for the April conference.


The conferences were as follows:


Number 69: “Good Practices for Explosives” (April 2018, 67 attendees)

Number 70: The Conference on “Waste Destruction and Burning Ground Accidents” which was due to take place in July 2018, was cancelled.

Number 71: “Contract Management and Process Safety” (October 2018, 84 attendees)




The following aspects were pursued during the course of the year and will continue to receive attention:


  • Improvement of the visibility of the work done by NIXT to senior and influential managers and directors;


  • Improve on the effectiveness of the Advisory Forum for the members;


  • Widen membership to include all explosives manufacturers in RSA and all who classify as Associates of the Industry;


  • The preparation of Good Practice documents, particularly tailored to assisting the SA Explosives Industry;


  • Provide value, where appropriate, through the link between Regulators and the Industry.





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

3 April 2019



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