The purpose of the SAMCODES Standards Committee (SSC) is to develop, maintain, administer, ensure compliance with and promote the South African Mineral Codes, collectively known as the SAMCODES. The SSC's purpose is to ensure that all reports prepared in accordance with the SAMCODES comply with the requirements of the SAMCODES. The SSC aims to ensure the highest ideals of ethics in the professional fields of practice associated with the purpose of the SAMCODE relied upon by the public to provide expert opinion and service, in the public interest.
Patrons of the SSC Committee
The SSC operates under the joint auspices/funding of
The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)
±4,600 members; http://www.saimm.co.za ;
This learned society started in 1894, a few years after the invention of the cyanide process had saved the gold mining industry in South Africa. The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members to source news and views about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors as well as embracing a professional code of ethics.
The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA).
±3,000 members; http://www.gssa.org.za ;
The GSSA was established in 1895, and is one of the oldest and largest societies of its kind in Africa. The GSSA promotes the study of the earth sciences, facilitates the professional development of its members, and advances the use of geoscience in the academic, professional, and public sectors.
Members of the SSC Committee
- The Members of the SSC, each of which is entitled to one representative, are (As of August, 2016):
- Chairs of each of the Committees (SAMREC, SAMVAL, SAMOG and SAMESG)
- Chamber of Mines of South Africa (COM) (www.chamberofmines.org.za)
- Council for Geoscience (CGS) (www.geocience.org.za)
- Department of Mineral Resources (including the Minerals Bureau) (DMR) (www.dmr.gov.za)
- Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (www.ecsa.co.za)
- General Council of the Bar of South Africa (www.sabar.co.za)
- Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) (www.gssa.org.za)
- Geostatistical Association of South Africa (GASA) (www.gasa.org.za)
- Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA) (www.ims.org.za)
- Investment Analysts Society (IASSA) (www.iassa.co.za)
- JSE Limited (including the Chairs of the relevant Readers Panels) (www.jse.co.za)
- Law Society of South Africa (www.lssa.org.za)
- SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) (www.saica.co.za)
- South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) (www.sarnap.org.za)
- South African Geomatics Council (SAGC) (www.plato.org.za)
- South African Oil & Gas Agency (SAOGA) (www.saoga.org.za)
- Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) (www.saimm.co.za)
SSC Terms of Reference
Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
The chairperson and deputy chairperson of the SSC are nominated by the SAIMM and the GSSA and reviewed bi-annually.
Representatives of the various member organisations are nominated by members and ratified by the SSC each year.
These Committees, members of which are drawn from professionals in the minerals industry, address projects as they arise and report to the SSC on a regular basis.
Decisions are by majority consensus of members present at the meeting
A quorum consists of at least five representatives, of whom at least one shall be the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson.
There are four meetings of the SSC per annum and the Committees meet at least twice a year.
The SSC maintains a complaints procedure for complaints received regarding Competent Persons, Competent Valuators and Qualified Reserve Evaluators as defined in the various Codes. The purpose of the complaints procedure is to conduct an initial investigation into a complaint and thence to correctly direct the complainant to the appropriate professional body for further deliberation and consideration in terms of that body’s Code of Ethics.
Such complaints are not limited to documents submitted to the JSE, but also include any public report purported to have been compiled in accordance with a SAMCODES.