MEMSA hosted a meeting on Tuesday, 01 June 2021 with Martin Pretorius, programme manager for the Mechanised Mining Systems programme to provide a brief introduction to the Rapid Inclined and Horizontal Access Development challenge, its rationale and the processes involved. Link to access the meeting recording:


MEMSA hosted a virtual workshop with SAMERDI Programme managers on Thursday, 5 November 2020. The purpose of the workshop was for SAMERDI programme managers based at the Mandela Mining Precinct to update MEMSA members on recent and upcoming research in the 6 programmes. Each presentation slot allowed for question and discussion time to explore how members can be involved with, contribute to and use the outcomes of the research.

Each of the six programmes had a 15-minutes slot for presentation and Q&A. Click on view video to watch the presentations. Timeslots indicated below shows the duration of each presentation.

  1. Successful Application of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP): (0:08:30 – 0:22:50)
  2. Longevity of Current Mines (LoCM): (0:23:13 – 0:39:45)
  3. Mechanised Mining Systems (MMS): (0:40:00 – 0:56:50)
  4. Real Time Information Monitoring System (RTIMS): (0:57:00 – 1:21:00)
  5. Test Mine: (1:22:15 – 1:40:45)
  6. Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK): (1:41:25 – 1:58:00)

How MEMSA members can be involved in these programmes?

The local OEMs will have an opportunity to test and demonstrate their new technology/prototypes in a real mining environment (test mine site). Members may donate equipment to the test mine site. Furthermore, the local OEMs can participate in implementing appropriate technologies that solves mining problems. There are reports and reports below for more reference. The programme managers from the Mandela Mining Precinct urged for stronger collaborations with the local OEMs to enhance open discussion about the R&D, demo testing and product innovation process.

You can also download the presentations and reports below for the following programmes:

The document contains journey map for the Advanced Orebody Knowledge milestone focusing on developing technologies on where the reef is, metal content, impeding extraction and glass rock environment. The local OEMs can participate in implementing appropriate technologies that solves mining problems and undertaking testing activities.
The document contains journey map for the Successful Application of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP) programme. The aim of this programme is to create a platform for collaboration, cooperation and co-creation amongst all stakeholders in the mineral value chain. The work packages focus on the impact assessment on jobs, developing skill needs framework for driller, winch-operator and shaft timberman, developing process for inclusion of employee in equipment design and development, and developing an inclusivity model for community engagement.
The document contains mechanised drill and blast milestone aim to develop a guideline for the application of equipment and communication systems in an underground environment in the form of Best Practice around utilisation, maintenance strategy, replacement strategy and decision making.
The document contains recommended international and local standards as well as guidelines relevant to health and safety and risk management.