MINING – MANDELA MINING PRECINCT
Hosted by: Johan Le Roux, Acting Director: Mandela Mining Precinct, CSIR
The Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (TARA) has been punted as the Autotrader® of South African mining equipment and makes access to the selection of local mining equipment, seamless. In its vision to maximise the returns of South Africa’s mineral wealth, and in so doing, stimulate the production of local mining equipment, the Mandela Mining Precinct has, through its Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) research programme developed the TARA online database, accessible on this link: https://miningtara.co.za/.
The Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) has been identified as a strategic partner to the Mandela Mining Precinct, given their role in the mining original equipment manufacturers (OEM) space. TARA is an online platform enabling OEMs to capture their commercially available offerings to the industry, while enabling mining houses to keep abreast of local capabilities and offerings.
The Mandela Mining Precinct-developed platform is positioned to foster the modernisation and mechanisation of mining in South Africa. The online platform has been designed to allow OEMs to upload their own product offerings, their technical specifications and images, according to set data fields that align to the mining extraction value chain processes. In addition, OEMs can add their own choice of features and specifications, lending the system great flexibility. From the “Equipment” page, users are able to find specific items through a filtering by category, or a search function.
The Mandela Mining Precinct is a public private partnership between the Department of Science and Innovation and Minerals Council South Africa. The Precinct is hosted by the CSIR.