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Name: Mines and Works Amendment Act, 1991. No. 13.
Country: South Africa
Subject(s): Mining and quarrying workers; Conditions of work; Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services; Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1991-03-18
Entry into force:
Published on: Government Gazette, 1991-04-03, No. 13117, Vol. 310, p. 1-7
ISN: ZAF-1991-L-22403
Bibliography: Government Gazette, 1991-04-03, No. 13117, Vol. 310, p. 1-7
Abstract/Citation: Amends the Mines and Works Act, 1956, in order to further regulate the circumstances in which women may work at mines or works; to provide for more severe penalties to be prescribed in the relevant regulations for contravention thereof or failure to comply therewith; to increase certain penalties under the said Act; to declare certain negligent acts offences; and to provide for matters connected therewith. Section 11 of the 1956 Act, as amended, now provides that "No person under the age of 16 years shall work underground in a mine, and nobody shall cause or permit any such person so to work". The same applies to women, subject to four exceptions covering women in managerial positions not performing manual work, those in health or welfare services, those having to spend a period underground in a mine for training or research purposes in the course of their studies, and those occasionally having to go in a mine for the purposes of a non-manual occupation. Section 15 of the same Act is amended to make stricter provisions for occupational health and safety in mines.

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