From the Chairman’s Desk

With the lifting of some of the Level Three lockdown restrictions, it is extremely heartening to see that the Association is once again seeing a strong interest in candidates wishing to attend the training courses. There is never a better time than the present to invest in improving staff skills and thus ensuring a safer workplace. Two training courses are scheduled for the next couple of months and both are filling up fast with applicants.

The Conveyor Certificate course, which gives a broad understanding of the entire conveyor system, is to be run on 1st to 3rd March, and is held in Randburg. The three days of lectures culminates in the candidates writing an open book examination, success at which achieves a certificate of competency.

The Diploma course in the Design and Operation of belt conveyors is a very intense course spread over six days and again, culminates in a written examination which takes several hours on the last day. This course is scheduled for 3rd to 10th May and is also held in Randburg.

Details as to the content of both courses are available off the website www.cmasa.co.za under the education section.

The CMA Working Groups spent many, many hours of hard work to produce the technical documents that are in the public domain on the website. These include the Guideline to Safety Around Belt Conveyors as well as an Observation Guide that can be used by visitors in the field who may not be as familiar with conveyor systems as they would wish to be.

Another very useful document is the Guide to errors and corrections to SANS 1313, the Idler standards. It takes time to get these changes promulgated at SABS, so the CMA is assisting industry by providing the Guide to read alongside SANS 1313 until such time as the amended Standard is published.

Jay Pillay

Chairman