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Willem le Roux

Willem le Roux

Executive Consultant

Expertise

  • mine and occupational health and safety
  • mining
  • occupational health and safety
  • mine health and safety

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

ENSafrica
South Africa

Profile

Willem le Roux is an Executive Consultant at ENSafrica and was previously Joint Head of the Mine and Occupational Health and Safety department.

He has successfully acted in several large and extensive litigation matters and some of the foremost chemical and metal corporations and mining houses, including one of the largest gold producing mining companies in the world, have enlisted his expertise for high-profile inquests, inquiries, litigation and prosecutions. Such matters include large seismic events and falls of ground, furnace explosions, slimes dam disasters and flammable gas explosions in mines on South Africa’s West Rand, Rustenburg area and the Free State.

Willem represented the Chamber of Mines in the Leon Commission, whose report gave rise to the enactment of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (“MHSA”). He regularly comments on proposed amendments to South African mine health and safety legislation and compensation legislation. 

Willem has successfully defended mine managers and other employees on charges of culpable homicide and alleged contraventions of the MHSA relating to mine accidents. He has represented employers in claims for damages based on lung diseases, an inquiry into manganism and has acted and still acts on behalf of one of the world's largest gold mining companies in silicosis litigation.

Willem has presented various papers and training courses to a variety of companies, corporations and other organisations, and has also conducted annual seminars on his field of expertise. He is the author of LexisNexis’ Mine Health and Safety Law, a loose-leaf commentary on the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996, and is also the co-author of the Commentary to the Construction Regulations, 2014, as well as Occupational Health and Safety Law, a loose-leaf commentary on the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.

Willem also lectured for several years until 2017 to graduates and LLM students in prospecting and mining law courses presented by the Mandela Institute of the University of Witwatersrand.

Education

  • BIuris (University of Pretoria)
  • LLB (University of Pretoria)
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Areas of Practice

mine and occupational health and safety | mine health and safety | mining | occupational health and safety

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Willem is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Energy and Natural Resources: Mining Health and Safety (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Mining (South Africa)
  • Who's Who Legal 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Mining (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers® 2021, 2020, 2018 – Mining, Occupational Health and Safety Law (South Africa)

Articles

South Africa: All Industries excluding the mining industry: is there an obligation on employers to report and investigate incidents of employees contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ?
ENSafrica, April 2020

Application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (the "OHASA")? Several health and safety obligations (both general and specific) towards employees are imposed on an employer or user in respect of the "workplace". The term "workplace" is also defined broadly in the OHASA as "any premises or place where a person performs work in the course of his employment"...

South African Mining Industry: is there an obligation on employers to report and investigate incidents of occupational-acquired Covid-19?
ENSafrica, March 2020

Is the employer obligated to notify the Principal Inspector of Mines of known cases of Covid-19 in the workforce? In terms of section 11(5B) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (the "MHSA"), the employer is required to notify the Principal Inspector of Mines of any occurrence at the mine that results in the illness of any person...

South Africa: is there an obligation on employers to report and investigate incidents of occupational-acquired COVID-19 in the mining industry?
ENSafrica, March 2020

Is the employer obligated to notify the Principal Inspector of Mines of known cases of COVID-19 in the workforce? In terms of section 11(5B) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (the "MHSA"), the employer is required to notify the Principal Inspector of Mines of any occurrence at the mine that results in the illness of any person...

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