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SA NEWS “The issue of rehabilitation was an issue that had become a major focal point of the quarry industry and was equally relevant to the rest of the mining industry.” Nico Pienaar, director of Aspasa. Then came Aspasa Before Aspasa there was the Aggregate Producers Federation, which was formed in 1970. “Prior to this there were various regional associations in the then provinces of Transvaal, Natal, and the Western Cape (Cape Province). The industry was fairly fragmented, with a large number of quarries under private ownership. The advent of price control on quarry products, rapid inflation, together with the formation of joint marketing companies in the main urban areas, brought about a precipitous rationalisation process within the aggregate industry. “In those days there were some issues similar to those we experience today: Those companies quarrying for cement production had price control, which was imposed on the quarry industry in December 1964 and was only lifted in March 1981. www.quarryonline.co.za  “The issue of rehabilitation was an issue that had become a major focal point of the quarry industry and was equally relevant to the rest of the mining industry. The pressure came from the Department of Physical Planning and the Environmental Department, as they started to follow the trend in other parts of the world to look after maintenance of the ecology of the country. Responsible quarrymen throughout South Africa welcomed the bringing of some order to this aspect of the business,” says Pienaar. Aspasa was formed in 1990 to take over and expand the functions performed by the then Employers Federation, though Aspasa did not become the registered employer body. “In 1996, a council was formed – the Quarrying and Allied Council of South Africa — but this body was stillborn and did not continue. In the early days, Aspasa concentrated on matters which had direct importance on the quarry industry. As Aspasa was also involved in mining issues, it became more exposed to other sectors of the mining industry and consequently became a member of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (today known as the Minerals Council). This joining of the Chamber resulted in the Chamber not only representing large mining groups, mostly underground mining, but to be able to show that smaller opencast mines are also represented.” In 1993, the Minister of Minerals and Energy Affairs accepted the invitation to become patron of the About Face South Africa initiative that Aspasa had formed. Pienaar says that Aspasa “was also delighted to be a part of the formation and publication of this magazine, Quarry Southern Africa”. Sarma comes along In November 1996, Aspasa was also the fundamental driver and player in the formation of the then new body Sarma (South African Ready-Mix Association). The administration was to be carried out by Aspasa. “Sarma was launched at the time of the International FIP Conference [an international structural concrete federation] in March 1997. Sarma co-sponsored a lunch at the conference on 12 March 1997, which was done to get the buy-in of an international audience of concrete experts.” A particular accolade was the joint winning by Aspasa and IOQ of the Best Trade Stand Award at Minecon. “At the Minecon Africa ’97, Aspasa and the IOQ teamed up and together put on a stand in the Trade Pavilion. A model of a screening plant was erected by Doug Rowland from the Stone and Allied Industries in the Free State. As a result of the hard work and attractiveness of the working model, the stand won the Best Trade Stand Award,” says Pienaar.  QUARRY SA | MAY/JUNE 2019_5