Driving fatalities down 

Driving fatalities down 

TORSA has accelerated its expansion to the African continent, with its collision avoidance technology addressing recently gazetted South African health and safety regulations aimed at reducing harm and fatalities in local mining.

Leading Spanish technology company TORSA has launched its pan-African business hub in South Africa, with intentions to drastically reduce mining incidents and, most importantly, fatalities.

This is in line with a presidential Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the end of 2022. During an official visit to South Africa in October, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and Spanish President Pedro Sánchez signed the MoU on cooperation in the field of Industry 4.0. President Sánchez announced that Spain will make approximately R35 billion available over the next five years to support the participation of Spanish companies’ projects in South Africa and beyond.

Mine health and safety

Most accidents on mines involve heavy equipment, vehicles, and workers. This prompted the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to bring into law the Chapter 8 clauses of the Mine Health and Safety Act Regulations. These relate to Level 9 vehicle interventions for collision avoidance in trackless mobile machinery, both above and underground.

Under this law, mobile machines must be fitted with technologies that automatically detect the presence of any pedestrian or other machines in their vicinity.

“The best technology is not always the best solution if it is not implemented in coordination with partners and customers,” says Gabino de Diego, director of business development at TORSA.

“With 25 years’ experience, of which a decade is mining-specific, our technology is unrivalled and has provided millions of hours of uninterrupted work in all type of mines globally. We have received accolades from some of the world’s leading mining companies, such as Glencore and BHP, both of whom are present in South Africa,” he asserts.

“The launch of TORSA’s office in Johannesburg is another step in our goal of taking our technology to all the main mining markets in the world – particularly Africa,” continues De Diego. “South Africa is a very interesting market, not only because of its mining potential, but also because of its strategic role within the African continent, as well as its current commitment to apply technologies and procedures focused on increasing safety and productivity in mining operations.”

De Diego reveals that in addition to its South African launch, TORSA has its sights set on the Copperbelt region and other important markets including Botswana, Mozambique, and Morocco for future African expansion. “Our target is to offer the South African and African mining markets the same successes we have achieved for our clients throughout Latin America,” he emphasises.

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