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

SAIMMThe Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)

± 2,400 members; ;

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.

gssaThe Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA).

± 2,700 members; ;

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 October 2020):


Non-voting, interested and affected (observer) organisation are:


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.

Code/Guideline Committees

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.

Decision Making

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.