Shocking MSCC exam results

February 16th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT


IMSSA_05-03-2013The October 2014 results for the Mine Survey Certificate of Competency (MSCC) exams have been published on the Institute of Mine Surveyors Southern Africa (IMSSA) website and they make for shocking reading. (See the complete results at

The results for Survey 1, 2 and 3 have been analysed and summarised in Table 1. As indicated no one passed either Survey 1 or Survey 2, and only four candidates passed Survey 3. In addition, Survey 1 had an absentee rate of 32% and Survey 3 had an absentee rate of 37%. The results also reveal that five candidates managed to get a final result of 0% for their papers.

Table 1: Results for Survey 1, 2 and 3 of the MSCC October 2014 exams.
Survey 1 Survey 2 Survey 3
Candidate numbers 48 78 38
Absentees 23 21 22
Candidates achieving ≥50% 0 0 4
Highest mark 42% 43% 82%

These results have been the subject of much consternation amongst IMSSA members, and it is quite clear that this situation needs to be urgently addressed. Victor Mahwasane, Director of Mine Survey at the Department of Mineral Resources is in the process of organising a road show where MSCC candidates can interact with examiners to address common areas of concern.

The MSCC exams are set and marked by the Board of Examiners in the Department of Mineral Resources. The exams were written at centres across the country including Braamfonten (Johannesburg), Durban, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Welkom and Witbank. The results were republished with the permission of the Chairman of the Commission of Examiners (Mine Surveying) of the Department of Mineral Resources.

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