The Hwange mining sector has agreed to work hand in glove with the Don Bosco Technical College to establish the first school of mine in Hwange district.This comes after the community has identified the need for establishing the school in the mining district.
The school’s Engineering subcommittee head, Engineer Marvin Maseko said the need for a mining school is real as evidenced by the youth interest during interactions, the fact that the town economy is hinged on mining, the high number of youths are already involved in mining related work on the various mines and the high number of Hwange youths enrolled and seeking to enroll at the Zimbabwe School Mines.
“The school of mines needs to be fulfilled in a manner which will ensure both the students and the mines are beneficiaries,” he said.
He said there is going to be need for five additional classrooms and the committee is currently sourcing for prefabricated classrooms structures and containers which could be the quickest way to get the mining school operational.
The desired school of mines will offer a Higher National Diploma (HND) and degrees in the fields of metallurgy, mining, survey, geology and safety, health and environment (SHE) management,” he said.
The school intends to offer short courses, national certificates and eventually national diplomas in the following trades, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, mineral resource management, metallurgical assay, mining, mine ventilation, mine survey, mine geology, safety, health and environment management as well as mine waste management.
Meanwhile, the DBTC has appealed to the mining sector in Hwange to continue supporting the vision of establishing a mining school in Hwange.