Mining Qualifications Authority

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The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for the administration of skills development programmes for the mining and minerals sector in South Africa. It was first established under the Mine Health and Safety Act No.29 of 1996 and later registered as a SETA under the Skills Development Act No.97 of 1998.

Vision, Mission & Values


A competent, health and safety orientated mining and minerals workforce


Ensure that the mining and minerals sector has sufficient competent people who will improve health and safety, employment equity and increase productivity standards


  • • Continuous Learning
  • • Empowerment
  • • Professionalism
  • • Honesty and Mutual Respect
  • • Service Excellence

Strategic Objectives

1. Promote efficient and effective governance and administration

2. Improve skills development planning and decision-making through research

3. Promote work-based skills development to support transformation in the mining and minerals sector

4. Facilitate access to occupationally directed learning programmes for the unemployed

5. Support mine community training initiatives to access economic opportunities

Corporate Governance

In line with the terms of Regulations 30 of the Treasury Regulations, a Service Level Agreement (SLA) must be concluded annually with the MQA and the Executive Authority namely, the Department of Higher Education and Training. This agreement should contain key performance indicators and outcomes expected by the stakeholders in line with the protocol for corporate governance in the public sector.

The Board provides strategic direction, leadership, determines goals and objectives of the MQA, and approves key policies, financial objectives, plans, goals and strategies. The MQA Constitution, the Board Charter and the Terms of Reference for all standing committees are aligned to the principles incorporated in the Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct in the King III report. The Board’s standing committee played a critical oversight role that created an enabling environment for achievement of goals.

Composition of the Board

The Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 governs the MQA Board of Directors. The Board comprises of 17 non-executive directors namely, the Chief Inspector of Mines; five representatives from Organised Employers; five representatives from Organised Labour; four State representatives and two Ministerial Appointees. For business continuity, the MQA makes provision for the appointment of alternative directors. These alternates are invited to Board meetings when the full-time stakeholder representatives they represent are unable to attend. The Board possesses extensive expertise providing a mixed balance of knowledge that enables that enables the MQA to deliver on its mandate.

Remuneration of Board Members

The Board is assisted by eight committees and has delegated various matters in ine with each Committee’s Charter together with the Terms of Reference. Only non-executive independent directors not employed by Government are paid fees for their expertise and fees are determined by the Board.

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