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Eben van Zyl, Senior Associate

Eben van Zyl

Senior Associate

BA(Law) University of Pretoria, LLB University of Pretoria, LLM University of Pretoria

Languages

Afrikaans, English, Basic conversational German

Practice areas

  • Health and safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Eben is a senior associate in our mining group. He provides multi-disciplinary legal and related services, primarily to the mining and construction industries.

He focuses on mining health and safety law, occupational health and safety law, litigation and criminal law.

Eben has experience with regard to resolving mining disputes, together with preparing and reviewing documents and agreements related to the mining industry and conducting legal compliance audits of the Health and Safety systems implemented by various mining houses and operations.

His recent experience includes:

  • Conducting various health and safety legal compliance audits at various mining and smelter operations both locally and abroad;
  • Representing employees of Hotazel Manganese Resources, Rustenburg Platinum Mines and Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga in criminal prosecution cases, resulting from fatal accidents at the mines;
  • Representing Anglo Platinum Limited in relation to a civil claim by an ex-employee;
  • Assisting and representing Glencore Operations South Africa Proprietary Limited in respect of mine accidents at its various operations;
  • Representation of the management teams in relation to fatal accidents including administrative, civil and criminal aspects and the regulatory processes following mine accidents in relation to mining related incidents and accidents;
  • Assisting and representing South32 Coal Holdings Proprietary Limited in a claim by an ex-coal mine worker for occupational lung disease;
  • Assisting and representing Anglo Operations Proprietary Limited – Anglo Thermal Coal: Mine accidents at Greenside Colliery, Goedehoop Colliery, New Denmark Colliery. Representation of the three collieries (company and management team) in relation to fatal accidents including administrative, civil and criminal aspects, and the regulatory process following mine accidents.

Eben has been recognised as a “Legal Influencer for Future of Legal Services- Africa and Middle East” in the 2018 Q4 Lexology Awards and has written articles on the mining industry for multiple publications.