Report of Mineral Resources Assessment training session WP2-5: Ndola, Zambia, 1-12 Oct 2018


Mineral Resources Assessment

Training session WP2-5: Ndola, Zambia

1 to 12 October 2018

Sixteen geoscientists from nine Southern and Eastern African countries took part to the fifth training session in Mineral Resources Assessment by WP2. The session was organised by GTK in cooperation with the hosting organisation the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences of the Copperbelt University (CBU).

The training took place in Ndola, the capital of the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The venue was Michelangelo Lodge in the city center of Ndola.

The welcoming address in the opening was given by the Dean of the School of Mines (CBU), Dr. Kawunga Nyirenda.

The lecturers were Dr Pasi Eilu and Dr Tuomo Karinen from GTK, and four invited lecturers from Zambia, Prof. Imasiku Nyambe from the School of Mines of the University of Zambia (UNZA), Prof. Francis Tembo from the Zambian Institute of Earth Sciences and Resources, Mr Pumulo Mukube (CBU), and Mr Wiscort Banda from the Laureates Mining Ventures (LMW).

Topics covered mineral exploration, resource evaluation and the mining value chain, mineral polices and corporate social responsibility.

All the topics were covered in interactive workshops including exercises. On the Trainee Day, the trainees gave several interesting presentations on, e.g. metallogeny, mining history and current activities in their own countries. The Trainee Day with the exchange of experiences with the others is rewarding and facilitates networking also between the trainees’ home organisations.

Visits to the Zambian Lapidary institute in Ndola and the Mufulira copper mine (Mopani Mines) were part of the program. The mine visit also included exercises in drill-core logging, an essential part of the WP2 training.

Feedback from the participants was overly positive. The feedback will be used to further improve the WP2 training, as well as planning of the possible Phase-2 of the PanAfGeo project after 2019.

All trainees were supplied with printed copies and USB sticks of the lecture material and other material inherent to the topics. Certificates of the participation were given to each trainee at the end of the course.

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