MCSA-MEMSA WORKSHOP ON COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM

The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) hosted a consultative workshop with MEMSA on Collision Avoidance Systems on Thursday, 28 January 2021. The purpose of the workshop was to obtain inputs from the OEMs and PDS/CAS Suppliers around the development of collision avoidance technology, and implementation of related mining regulations. MEMSA was strongly represented and the workshop went well as a first engagement between the two stakeholder organisations on this topic.

The MCSA confirmed commitment to the implementation of a range of safety measures which includes CAS, while expressing concerns around technology and manufacturing readiness, costs, and the complexity of implementation on a national scale. Their detailed presentation including some research findings and the proposed approach can be downloaded below. Ossie Carstens introduced the MEMSA context and speakers, and presentations by Booyco and Fermel demonstrated both the level of technological maturity among SA manufacturers and a realistic awareness of the challenges including conversion of legacy equipment.

The outcome of the workshop, MEMSA agreed to participate in the Transport Safety Leadership Forum as proposed by the Minerals Council, at the board level (see MCSA presentation slide 24). Further, MEMSA will consult internally on the best way to contribute to the proposed development of a holistic, risk-based CAS implementation plan, as proposed by the MCSA (slide 24).

Members interested in learning more about Fermel’s approach to CAS may contact Corne Wehr at cwehr@fermel.co.za.