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How do I get the GCC Mines & Works in South Africa?

Updated: Jul 5, 2021


9 Steps to getting the GCC Mines and Works

The Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Act protects employees' health and safety at South African mines.


The Minerals Act Regulation 2.13.1 requires the mine manager to appoint an engineer in charge whenever:

  • the sum of the power generated and power supplied from outside sources exceeds the equivalent of 2500 kilowatts, or

  • there is an installation of a winding plant intended for the conveyance of persons.

The engineer will be responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of machinery in terms of the Mine Health & Safety Act and its regulations.


The mining engineer is known as the 2.13.1 appointment and must have an appropriate mechanical or electrical engineer's certificate of competency (also known as the GCC Mines & Works).


This post aims to provide the steps to take to obtain the GCC Mines & Works.


Types of GCC Mines & Works certificates


The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is the custodian of the GCC Mines & Works certificate.

An example of a GCC Mines & Works certificate issued by the DMR
DMR GCC Mines & Works certificate example

The DMR issues the following GCC Mines & Works:

  • Certificate of Competency as Mechanical Engineer for Mines and Works.

  • Certificate of Competency as Electrical Engineer for Mines and Works

The above implies that the applicant needs to indicate which certificate they wish to obtain during the application process.


In general, a person with a mechanical background will pursue a mechanical engineer certificate. A person with an electrical background will pursue the electrical engineer certificate. The steps to obtaining either disciple of the GCC Mines & Works are identical.




Steps to obtaining the GCC Mines & Works


There are nine main steps to obtaining the GCC Mines & Works:


Step 1 - Obtain a qualification evaluation letter from an approved body


The journey to obtaining the GCC Mines & Works starts with having an acceptable academic qualification. The Department of Mineral Resources Commission of Examiners recognizes the following academic qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering (heavy current)

  • Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering

  • BTech in electrical engineering (heavy current)

  • BTech in mechanical engineering

  • National Diploma in electrical engineering (heavy current)

  • National Diploma in mechanical engineering

  • Acceptable trade test, and you must be in the position of a National Technical Diploma (N6) in electrical or mechanical engineering



Step 2 - Apply for permission to commence training


You will need to complete the prescribed application form and attach the required supporting documents, including your qualifications & required supporting documents. You will also need to be at least 23 years of age before submitting your application.


DMR 79 MECC application form for accepta
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The documents that you will need to submit with your application include the following:

  • Official DMR application for acceptance as an engineer-in-training form

  • Certified copy of your identity document

  • Certified copy of your academic qualification

  • Certified copy of your academic record

  • Certified copy of your SAQA evaluation (if foreign qualification)

  • Certified copy of your trade test certificate (if you an artisan applicant)

  • Certified copy of your GCC Mines & Works qualification evaluation letter from an approved body (Note: The other option is to attach the qualification self-evaluation)

  • Application fee (R50.00) proof of payment - the DMR application form provides the banking details to use, or you can pay at any of the DMR regional offices. Make sure you keep a copy of the proof of payment.


Step 3 - Obtain the 'Annexure E' book


Once the DMR accepts you to commence training, you will need to purchase an 'Annexure E' book at the cost of R500.00 from the DMR. Each 'Annexure E' book will have a unique serial number belonging only to you.


The DMR application form provides the banking details to use, or you can pay at any of the DMR regional offices. Make sure you keep a copy of the proof of payment.


Step 4 - Secure an engineering mentor


All the modules on the 'Annexure E' book need to be signed by the Mine Resident Engineer (2.13.1 appointee) where you are doing your training. The Resident Engineer must be a DMR registered mentor.


You can either ask your mentor for a letter confirming that they are a DMR registered mentor or seek the information from DMR.


Pro-tip:

  1. For graduate engineers, choose your employer wisely.

  2. Make sure they have 2.13.1 appointees who are DMR registered mentors.

  3. Most importantly, do your research on how supportive the mentor is.

  4. Ensure you communicate with the mentor to confirm that they are willing to assist with completing your 'Annexure E' modules.

  5. Get more than one mentor, if possible. But, make sure you communicate correctly with your mentors to avoid any confusion.


Step 5 - Complete the 'Annexure E' modules under the supervision of the engineering mentor


At this point, you should have:

  • your 'Annexure E' book with your unique number imprinted on it, and

  • secured a DMR registered mentor.


Now it's time to put in the work by completing all the 'Annexure E' Modules. Ensure you involve your mentor every step of the way.

It will be wise to sign-off your 'Annexure E' modules progressively. Do not wait until the end because a lot can go wrong, e.g., your mentor leaving the mine you are doing your training.


The DMR expects that you should spend at least two years to complete your training. If you finish sooner than two years, you will have to wait for that the two years to lapse before submitting your application to write the examinations.


Step 6 - Apply to write the GCC Mines & Works examinations


You will need to apply to write the GCC Mines & Works exams once you have completed all the 'Annexure E' modules. The training is compulsory and should not be less than two years.


Download and complete the application form below.

DMR 319 MECC application form
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Step 7 - Prepare for the GCC Mines & Works plant engineering and legal knowledge exams


Congratulations on making it this far. You thought the above steps were a mountain to climb? Think again. The GCC Mines & Works plant engineering and legal knowledge exams are just as hard.


It will be wise to progressively prepare for the exams while doing your 'Annexure E' modules. Make sure you document all your exam preparation journey to spend less time with revision in the future.


It might be a good idea to focus on one exam at a time. It is advisable to start with the legal knowledge exam since it provides the desired context needed for the plant engineering exam.

Step 8 - Register, write, & pass the GCC Mines & Works plant engineering and legal knowledge exams


The GCC Mines & Works plant engineering and legal knowledge exams are written every year during June and November.


The exams' writing is usually during the first & second weeks of June and November of every year. You can write both exams in June/November, or you can choose to write one exam in June and the other in November. The first week is usually for writing the plant engineering exam. The following week is for the legal knowledge exam.


Mechanical and electrical GCC Mines & Works candidates write the same exam papers. In other words, there is no paper for mechanical and electrical.


You will need to register to write the exams at an approved TVET college. You will have to produce your DMR GCC Mines & Works letter of acceptance and certified copy of your identity document when registering to write the exams.


Step 9 - Apply to be issued with the GCC Mines & Works


Hello Mr/Ms. Certificate Engineer. You are almost there. The hard work is behind you. Now it's just admin and paperwork.


You need to apply for your GCC Mines & Works certificate once you have passed the two exams. Your application needs to include the following documents:

  • Signed application letter requesting to be issued your GCC Mines & Works certificate

  • Certified copy of the statement of results in the official TVET letterhead signed by the authorized person and date stamped

  • Certified copy of your identity document


You can then collate and submit all your documents to the Department of Mineral Resources' postal address:


The Secretary

Commission of Examiners: MECC

Private Bag X59

Arcadia

0007

Once approved, you will need to collect your GCC Mines & Works certificate in person at the DMR offices. You must bring your identity document when collecting the certificate. Alternatively, you can send someone to collect for you but must do the following:

  • Provide the person collecting your documents with a consent letter that you signed,

  • Provide a certified copy of the collecting person's identity document, and

  • Provide a certified copy of your identity document.


Conclusion


Getting the GCC Mines & Works is a relatively lengthy process. It is, however, easy if you follow the nine steps presented above.


The GCC Mines & Works is not for everyone. You must understand the context of the GCC Mines & Works before starting the journey. The basic questions you should answer before beginning the journey are as follows:

  • Do you have an acceptable mechanical or electrical qualification?

  • Are you above the age of 23?

  • Are you ready to deal with the challenging journey of getting acceptance to commence training and finding a registered mentor?

  • Are you able to complete the two years of compulsory training?

  • Are you ready for the challenge of securing a training position with one of the mines?

  • Do you have ambitions to secure a 2.13.1 appointment in the future?

  • Do you have a strong desire to develop the temperament and leadership skills to fulfill the role of a 2.13.1?

If you answer yes to all the above questions, then the GCC Mines & Works might be for you.


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