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ENSafrica, Willem le Roux, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

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Willem le Roux

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Mine and Occupational Health and Safety




Willem le Roux is a director at ENSafrica jointly heading up the mine and occupational health and safety department, with Pieter Colyn.

During Willem’s career, he has successfully acted in several large and extensive litigation matters.

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 and litigation and prosecutions. Such matters include large seismic events and falls of ground, furnace explosions, the Merriespruit Slimes Dam disaster and flammable gas explosions in mines on the 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 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 currently acts on behalf of one of the world's largest gold mining companies in silicosis litigation.

Willem presents seminars on mine and occupational health and safety in conjunction with LexisNexis since 1993. He is the author of Mine Health and Safety Law, a loose leaf commentary on the Mine Health and Safety Act 1996, which is published by LexisNexis.


B juris (University of Pretoria); LLB (University of Pretoria); and Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

South Africa


Within: Mining

ENSafrica has one of the most rounded mining practices in South Africa. From mining law to mining M&A and mine health and safety, the firm is at the forefront of the industry. It advised Sibanye Gold on its $2.7bn cross-border acquisition of Stillwater, a transaction that transformed the client into a genuine global mining giant. The firm's chief operating officer Otsile Matlou is a leading mining law specialist with a fine record across sub-Saharan Africa. Lloyd Christie has a fine reputation in environmental and regulatory matters and Willem le Roux has unrivalled experience in mine occupational health and safety. Ian Hayes is a leader in mining M&A.

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