Shaft Sinkers is an internationally recognized mining company with over 50 years of global mining experience and is a leading provider of comprehensive mining solutions ranging from project initiation to realisation. Since inception, we have pursued a culture of excellence and innovative thinking, and as a result, have pioneered many ground-breaking mining methods which have enabled us to perform at the forefront of sinking, development and construction.

Our teams of highly specialised technical and managerial personnel are dedicated to providing safe, cost effective and innovative solutions to our clients and this makes us a leader in the industry. In delivering on its projects, Shaft Sinkers never compromises on safety. Our ethos is Safety Above All Else.

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We believe that Safety is Non-Negotiable and promote a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to safety. Our ethos is Safety Above All Else.

Great emphasis is placed on the implementation and measurement of safely achieved production targets. We are accredited with ISO 9001:2008, and held the South African Chamber of Mines Five Stars Honours award for ten consecutive years. We received more than 30 safety awards since 2003. We achieved more than 6 years LTI (Lost Time Injury) free days on one of our projects. We are an affiliate company member of The South African Society for Quality. The effective control and management of occupational hazards and risks is key to the health and safety of our employees.

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Our employees live the principles and guidelines as set out in our Integrated Management System.

All design, mining and construction operations within the Shaft Sinkers group of companies are strictly controlled by our Quality Management System (QMS) which has been developed and implemented in accordance with SANS ISO 9001:2008.

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Our environment matters and we exercise duty and care in protecting our environment at all times.

Due diligence is conducted for our activities and operations in order to ensure and demonstrate that we identify, measure and monitor our environmental aspects and impacts. We shall drive, support and embed behavioural change towards environmental management on critical environmental issues such as energy and carbon emissions control, water and waste management.

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We offer comprehensive mining solutions for:

  • Shaft sinking & Equipping
  • Contract Mining
  • Surface & Underground construction
  • Large underground excavations
  • Mine Rehabilitation & Refurbishment
  • Raiseboring
  • Tunnelling


Shaft Sinkers instils a culture of safety, health, quality and care for the environment to every one of our employees. All of our projects adhere strictly to our Integrated Management System (IMS) which has been developed and implemented in accordance with SANS ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2009. Further, all our training is accredited by the South African Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA).

ISO 9001:2008

OHSMS 18001:2007

ISO 14001:2009

Mining Qualifications Authority

Recently acquired by private equity backed Underground Mining Services Limited (UK), Shaft Sinkers operates globally.


Brooklyn Place
Corner Katherine Street
& Centex Close
South Africa

Postal address
P O Box 783501
South Africa

T: +27 (0)11 445 4300


Ernest van Dijckkaai 22
B-2000 Antwerpen

T +32 (0)2 732 56 95
F +32 (0)2 732 12 81


Level 3, Alexander House
35 Cybercity

T +(230) 403 0800
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