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The Department of Mining and Environmental Geology of University of Venda was established in 2000 in response to a challenge posed by the Limpopo Provincial Government to the two universities in the Province.  The Provincial Government observed that in spite of the fact that mining is one of the top economic nodes of the province; there is no training programme in mining in the two universities. In response to this challenge, University of Venda mandated the School of Environmental Sciences to develop a mining programme for the University.  The School responded in earnest and established the current Department of Mining and Environmental Geology (MEG).

The MEG department has therefore been a most successful and gratifying response to the challenge posed by the Limpopo Provincial Government in 1999.  Most importantly MEG is on course in contributing to the youths of the region by providing access to the mining profession, thus linking the youths with a profession that their fore-bearers patronized merely as unskilled mine workers.  In this context the MEG curricula has helped to advance the mission and vision of linking UNIVEN with the needs of its hinterland community.

Vision

To be the centre of excellence in mining and environmental geology through active generation and dissemination of knowledge and skills so as to ensure effective exploitation of mineral resources and responsible management of the environment and contribute to national and regional development

Mission

To provide professional training in mining and environmental geology by engaging in scientific research; provide a high quality educational experience to students; and partnership with communities to provide support that links the University to the needs of the region, nation and international community.

 

Qualifications offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mining and Environmental Geology.
  • Master of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology (MESMEG).
  • Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology (BESMEG).
  • Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mine Surveying (BESMIS).
  • Diploma in Mining Impact and Post-Mining Rehabilitation.

Admission requirements

The minimum admission requirement for the above-mentioned degree programme is as follows:

  • A Matriculation Certificate or Senior Certificate endorsed for university admission.
  • Mathematics and Physical Science – 60% plus English 50%.

There is a limited number of places and therefore meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee a place. Selection will be based on a student’s M score (the sum of the points) obtained on the basis of results achieved in the matriculation examination. Points are awarded for the six best symbols of the matriculation examination results (including English, Mathematics, Physical Science but excluding Life Orientation and Mathematics Literarcy).

  • Diploma in Mining Impact and Post-Mining Rehabilitation - NSC or 20-credits subjects

Momoh T.C. Davies1, H.A. Akinsola, S. Akinyemi, S.E. Mhlongo, W.M. Gitari and G.K. Pindihama (2013). Human bio-accessibility of Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu from consumed Earth materials in Vhembe District, South Africa. Royal Society of South Africa, Taylor and Francis. ISSN: 0035-919X.

Ogola, J.S., Matshusa, K. and Maas, K. (2012). “Dispersion of heavy metals at Louis Moore gold tailings, Limpopo Province, South Africa.” IMWA Publ., ISBN: 978-3-00-035543-1, pp. 334A-334E.

Ogola, J.S. and Mundalamo, R.H. (2012). “Messina copper deposits revisited:  Geological and structural study of the deposits.” SGEM Publ., ISSN 1314-2704.

N. Makuya, J.R. Gumbo, C. Muzerengi, F.A. Dacosta, (2012). Manganese and Vanadium Uptake by CynodonDactylon grass species: A Case study in New Union Gold Mine Tailings, Limpopo, South Africa. Page 689-696. IMWA conference proceedings, ISBN 9780729807074.

Jeleni MN, Gumbo JR, Muzerengi C, Dacosta FA, (2012). An Assessment of Toxic Metals in Soda Mine Tailings and a Native Grass: A Case Study of an Abandoned NyalaMagnesite Mine, Limpopo, South Africa. Page 415-426. Water Pollution XI. ISBN 9781845646080.

Ogola, J.S.  and Mundalamo, H.R. Baseline Geochemical Investigation of Heavy Metals Distribution in the Musina Area. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, in press.

Makuya, N., Gumbo, J. R., Muzerengi, C., and Amponsah-Dacosta, F., (2012). Manganese and Vanadium Uptake by CynodonDactylon grass species: A Case study in New Union Gold Mine Tailings, Limpopo, South Africa. Page 689-696. IMWA conference proceedings, ISBN 9780729807074.

Mitileni C, Gumbo J. R, Muzerengi C, Amponsah-Dacosta, F., (2011). The Distribution of Toxic Metals in Sediments: Case study of New Union Gold Mine Tailings, Limpopo, South Africa. International Mine Water Conference. Page 609-614, ISBN 978-3-00-035543-1.

Magonono, F. A., Gumbo, J. R., Chigayo, K., Amponsah-Dacosta, F., Mojapelo, P. (2011). Bioaccumulation of Toxic Metals by Hyparrhenia Grass Species: A Case Study of New Union Gold Mine Tailings and Makhado Town, Limpopo, South Africa. International Mine Water Conference. Page 603-608, ISBN 978-3-00-035543-1.

Jeleni, M.N, Gumbo, J.R., Muzerengi, C., and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. “Assessment of Toxic Metals in Soda Mine Tailings and a Native Grass: A Case Study of an Abandoned NyalaMagnesite Mine, Limpopo Province, South Africa” at the 11th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Water Pollution from 10 -12 July 2012 in New Forest, United Kingdom. Page 415-426. Water Pollution XI. ISBN 9781845646080.

Mitileni C, Gumbo JR, Muzerengi C, Dacosta FA, (2011). The Distribution of Toxic Metals in Sediments: Case study of New Union Gold Mine Tailings, Limpopo, South Africa. International Mine Water Conference. Page 609-614, ISBN 978-3-00-035543-1.

Maas, K., Ogola, J.S. and Benndorf, J. 2011. “Rapid Eye-datamalssecundire Information in Rahmen der geostatischenAnalysebergbaubendingterBodenkontamination in der Limpopo Province, Südafrika.” RapidEye Science Archive, German Aerospace Agency (DCR) publ.

Diko, M.L., Ekosse, G.I.E. and Ogola, J.S., 2011. “Phase transformations associated with thermal decomposition of Duthuni kaolin, South Africa.” African Clay and Clay Minerals Research Group Publ. ISNB 978-0-629-51541-2, pp.17-24.

Ogola, J.S., Chimuka, L. and Tshivhase, S., 2011. “Management of municipal solid wastes: A case study in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.” In S. Kumar (ed.): Waste Management Book 1, ISBN 978-953-307-469-6, chap.6, pp. 91-112.

Ogola, J.S., Maiyana, B. and Bisrat, Y., 2011. “Water balance in mine residue deposits: Cass studies in the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa.” IMWA Publ., ISBN: 978-3-00-035543-1, pp. 615-618.

Ogola, J.S., Maas, K. and Matshusa, K., 2011. “Dispersion of heavy metals at Klein Letaba gold tailings dam, Limpopo Province, South Africa.”  IASTED publ., ISBN 978-0-88986-886-1, pp.75-83.

Ogola, J.S., Mundalamo, R.H. and Brandl, G., 2011. “Investigation of the origin, distribution and potential impacts of heavy metals within and around Ebenezer dam, Limpopo Province, South Africa.” Water SA, Vol. 37, N0.2, ISSN 0378-4738, pp. 173-179.

Ogola, J. S., 2010. “Dispersion of Heavy Metals and their Potential Impacts on the Environment: A Case Study of Gold Tailings Dams in Giyani  Belt, Limpopo Province, South Africa.” In: Wolkersdorfer  and Freund (eds.): Mine Water and Innovative Thinking, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada,  CBU Press,  ISBN 978-1-897009-47-5, pp. 591 – 595.

Ogola, J.S. and Sebola, A.M., 2010. “Investigation of Heavy Metals Dispersion Around the Messina Copper Mine Tailings Dam, South Africa.” In R.S. Alhaji, V.C.M. Leung, R. Petela, M. Saif, and R. Thring (eds.): IASTED Technology Conference Papers, ACTA Press, 699-013, ISBN 978-0-889867-843-4, pp. 888-893.<

T.C. Davies and H. R. Mundalamo, 2010; Environmental Health Impacts to dispersed mineralization in South Africa, African Journal of Earth Sciences, Book of Abstract.

Davies, T.C. and Mundalamo, H.R.  (2010). Environmental Health Impacts of Dispersed Mineralisation in South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences. Elsevier, Vol. 58. pp. 652 -666.

 J. S. Ogola and H. R. Mundalamo, 2010; Investigation of Origin, Distribution, Impacts of Heavy Metals on Soils in and around Polokwane,  Limpopo Province, S.A, Water S.A, in press.

Mulugisi G, Gumbo JR, Dacosta FA and Muzerengi C, (2010). Evaluating the suitability of Paspalum as a candidate for Rehabilitation of Mine Tailings dams: A Case study of New Union Gold Mine. International Mine Water Conference page 499. ISBN 978-1-897009-47-5.

Mulugisi G, Gumbo JR, Amponsah-Dacosta, F., and Muzerengi C.(2010) Evaluating the suitability of Paspalum as a candidate for Rehabilitation of Mine Tailings dams: A Case study of New Union Gold Mine, Mine Water and Innovative Thinking, IMWA 2010, Wolkersdorfer& Freund (Editors), Sydney, NS, pp 583 – 586.

Mulugisi G, Gumbo JR, Dacosta FA and Muzerengi C, (2009). The Use of Indigenous Grass species as part of Rehabilitation of Mine Tailings: A Case study of New Union Gold Mine. International Mine Water Conference, South Africa. Page 512-518; ISBN: 978-0-9802623-5-3

Munyati, C., Ratshibvumo, T. and Ogola, J.S., 2009. “Landsat TM segmentation for delineating geological zone correlated vegetation stratification in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Journ. Phys. Chem. Earth, pp. 1-10.

Mulugisi G, Gumbo JR, Amponsah-Dacosta, F., and Muzerengi C.(2009) The use of indigenous grass species as part of Rehabilitation of mine tailings: a case study of New union gold mine, International Mine Water Conference, Proceedings ISBN Number: 978-0-9802623-5-3, 19th – 23rd October 2009, Pretoria, South Africa.

 Ogola, J.S., Chimuka, L. and Maina, D., 2009. “Occurrence and fate of trace metals in and around treatment and disposal facilities in Limpopo Province, South Africa: A case study of two areas.” The IASTED International Conference on Environmental Management and Engineering, Banff, Alberta, Canada, ISBN:978-0-88986-797-0, pp. 92-96.

Matshusa-Masithi, M.P., Ogola, J.S. and Chimuka, L., 2009). “Use of compost bacteria to degrade cellulose from grass cuttings in biological removal of sulphide from acid mine drainage.” Water SA, vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 111-116.

A.B Maiyana, J.S Ogola and B. Yibas (2009) Water balance determination in mine residue deposits; case studies in the Witwatersrand Basin, Biennial Groundwater Conference 16th -18th November 2009 NH The Lord Charles, Somerset West.

Kataka, M.O., Sellers, E.J. and Singh, N. 2008. Elastic and Inelastic Numerical modelling in Remnant Mining. 6th South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics, March 2008, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 51-59, (ISBN 978-0-620-43166-8).

Goldbach, O.D., Rangasamy, T., Linzer, L.M., Kataka, M.O., and Spottiswoode, S.M. 2008. Optimum Lead-lag Distances in South African Gold Mines. 6th International symposium on ground support in mining and civil engineering 2008, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 665-691, (ISBN 978-1-920211-12-7).

Watson, B.P., Ryder, J.A., Kataka, M.O., Kuijpers, J.S. and Leteane, F.P. 2008. Merensky pillar strength formulae based on back analysis of pillar failures at Impala platinum Journal of South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, V108, pp. 449-461.

Linzer, L.M., Bejaichund, M., Cichowicz, A., Durrheim, R.J Goldbach, O.D., Kataka, M.O., Kijko, A., Milev, A., Saunders, I., Spottiswoode, S.M. and Webb, S.J. 2007. Recent research in seismology in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, Vol. 103 No 9/10, pp. 419-426.

Goldbach O.D., Rangasamy, T., Linzer, L.M., Kataka, M.O., and Spottiswoode, S.M. 2007. Quantification of Lead-lag Distances in South African Gold Mines. Redefining the boundaries, South African Institute of Rock Engineering, Vereeniging Johannesburg, South Africa, pp.37-60.

Singh, N., Kataka, M.O., Milev, A. and Sellers, E.J.  2007.  Remnant Mining in South African Gold Mines. Case Studies on Deep and High-Stress Mining, published by Australian Centre of Geomechanics, (ACG), pp. 123-130, (ISBN 978-9804185-1-4).

 Singh, N., Kataka, M.O., Milev, A. and Sellers, E. 2006. Remnant Mining in South African Gold Mines. Proc. 3rd Int. Seminar. Deep and High Stress Mining Conference, Universite Laval, Canada, section 8, pp. 121-134, (ISBN 2980571577, 9782980581571).

Kataka M.O., Spottiswoode, S.M., Singh, N. and Sellers, E.J. 2005. Integration of numerical modelling with seismic observations for design of mine layouts. , Southern African Rock Mech. Symp., (SARES 2005) Johannesburg, pp 47-60, (ISBN-1-90919783-79-2).

Sellers, E.J., Kataka, M.O., Milev, A.M., Singh, N., Spottiswoode, S.M. and Ebrahaim-Trollope, R. 2005.  Characterization of hazards and rock mass response during remnant mining in South African gold mines. Proc. 6th International Symposium on Rockburst and Seismicity in Mines, RASIM6 Australia, pg. 180-190, (ISBN 0-9756756-1-3).

Kataka M.O., Spottiswoode, S.M., and Sellers, E.J. 2004.  Integration of numerical modelling with seismic observations for design of mine layouts. Fourth South African.

Conference on Applied Mechanics January 2004 (SACAM’04), Johannesburg South Africa, pp.39-46, (ISBN- 1-86838-336-9).

Blight, G. E. and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (2004) Erosional stability of tailings dam slopes, chapter in Ground Water Bioengineering for Erosion Control. Barker, D.et al (eds), Science Publishers Inc, USA.

Maiyana, A.B., B. Zhao., W. Pulles., J.S. Ogola and B. Yibas (2004). Pyrite surface area determination and its application to geochemical modelling for long-term water quality prediction at Brandspuit Colliery in South Africa.  Geoscience Africa 2004, Abstract Volume, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, pp 404 - 405.

Sellers, E.J., Kataka, M.O. and Linzer, L.M. 2003.  Source parameters of acoustic emission events and scaling with mining-induced seismicity, Journal Geophysical Research, Vol. 108. No. B9, pp. 2418-2434

.Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (2002) Long-term erosion protection of tailings dam slopes, 3rd International Conference on Integrated Environmental Management in Southern Africa, 27-30 Aug.2002, Johannesburg.

Amponsah-Dacosta, F. and Blight, G. E. (2002) The effect of wind on surfaces of mine tailings dams, 33rd Annual Conference of International Erosion Control Association, Orlando, Florida, USA, 25 Feb. – 1 March 2002. (Winner: the Most Distinguished Technical Paper award).

Kataka, M.O., Hildyard, M.W. and Sellers, E.J. 2003.  Integration of seismic observations from deep level gold mines with dynamic numerical modelling.  ISRM 2003–Technology roadmap for rock mechanics, South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy vol2. pg 617-623, (ISBN-1-919783-52-0).

Spottiswoode, S.M., Napier. J.A.L and Kataka, M.O. 2003.  Seismology in the design of mine layouts. 30th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Johannesburg, South Africa, pp.187-200, (ISBN-1-919783-53-9).

 Amponsah-Dacosta, F. and Blight, G. E. (2003) A quest for long-term erosion-resistant tailings dam slopes, 34th Annual Conference of International Erosion Control Association, Las Vegas, USA,22 – 28 Feb. 2003.

Korkor, F.O. (2003) Introduction to GPS Surveying.  University of Zimbabwe Publications pp 69 ISBN 0 - 908307-91-8.

Korkor, F.O. (2003) Mine Surveying: A Theoretical and Practical Approach, University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp71, ISBN, 0-07974-2930-1.

Ogasawara, H., Sato, S.,   Nishii, S., Sumimoto, N., Ishii, H., Lio, Y., Nakao, S., Ando, M., Takano, M., Nagai, N., Ohkura, T., Kawakata, H., Satoh, T., Kusunose, K., Cho, A., Medecki, A. J., Cichowicz, A., Green, R. W. E., and Kataka, M .O.  2002. Semi-controlled seismogenicexperiments in South African deep gold mines. Journal of South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 102 (4), pp. 243-250.

Korkor F.O. (2001). The Surveyor and the Boundary.  A Spatial Odyssey Proceedingsof  the 42nd Australian Surveyors  Congress. Camberra, Australia.

Blight, G. E. and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (2001) On the mechanics of wind erosion from tailings dams, Tailings and Mine Waste 2001, 8th International Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste, Balkema, Fort Collins, Co. USA

Korkor F.O.  (2000)   A technical history of instruments and methods for tunneling surveying. Proceedings of the 2nd Trans -Tasman surveyors conference. Queenston New Zealand 20-25 August 2000, 96-103.

Korkor F.O.  (1999)  The Rural Cadastre: Concepts and importance in agricultural development strategy in Ghana. Proceedings of the 6th South East Asian Surveyors Congress, Fremantle, Western Australia 1-6 November, 1999, 333 - 339.

 Blight, G. E. and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (1999) Improving erosional stability of tailings dam slopes, Tailings and Mine Waste’ 99, Fort Collins, Colorado, 197 –206.

Blight, G. E. and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (1999) In search of the 1000 year tailings dam slope, Civil Engineering, Oct. 1999.

 Blight, G. E. and Amponsah-Dacosta, F. (1999) Erosional stability of tailings dam slopes, conf. on Ground water Bioengineering for Erosion Control and slope stabilisation, Manila, The Philippines, 307-314.

Amponsah-Dacosta, F. and Annegarn, H. J. (1998) Assessment of fugitive dust emissions from opencast coal mine, Journal of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, January/March, 5 – 11.

Korkor, F.O. (1998) Historical review of mine surveying and correlation from the earliest times. Proceedings of FIG ad hoc Commission on History of surveying symposium, Brighton, U.K. 22 July 1998, 68-79.

Korkor F.O. (1998) Effects of refraction on survey measurements in inclined shafts.Proceedings of the 39th Australian surveyor’s congress, Launceston, 8-13 November 1998, 287-294.

Hellewel, EG and F. O. Korkor (1984). The Accuracy of Magnetic Correlation. Mining Science andTechnology vol. 2(1984) 79-84.

Since its initiation in 2000, the Department of Mining and Environmental Geology has made great strides in developing partnerships and collaborations with the industry, Government departments, non-governmental organizations and other universities both nationally and internationally.

Departmental initiatives include partnerships in teaching, research projects and co-supervision, staff/student exchange programme, scholarship/financial assistance to students, and industrial attachment.

Teaching, staff/student exchange programme :
  • Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Through this collaboration, we managed to take students to four academic institutions in Germany (Technical University of Clausthal, Gottingen University, Technical University of Berlin, and Technical University of Freiberg) for a study tour.
  • Collaboration in research and staff/students exchange with the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany.
  • University of Witwatersrand; Several joint projects incorporating postgraduate students and co-supervision.

Industrial attachment :

  • Gold Fields; Industrial attachment of students.
  • Venetia Diamond Mine; Industrial attachment of students.
  • Impala Platinum-Rustenburg Operations; Industrial attachment of students.
  • Foskor Mine, Phalaborwa operations; Industrial attachment of students.
  • Agnes Mine, Barberton; Industrial attachment of students.
  • Department of Minerals and Energy. Industrial attachment of students.
  • Council for Geoscience, South Africa.
Research projects and co-supervision :
  • Collaborative research work with the Council for Geoscience –Giyani Project.
  • Collaborative research work with University of Virginia - Clay Deposit at Ha-Mashamba Village in Limpopo Province. Threehonours students are currently attached to the project.
Scholarship/financial assistance to students :
  • The Department minerals and Energy, students scholarships
  • Mining Qualification Authority, student scholarships and lecturer support.
  • The Limpopo Preimier's Bursaary Trust Fund

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources:

Designation Name Contacts
Senior lecturer (HoD)

Dacosta F.A         

BSc. Hons (Geodetic Engineering), MSc (Mining Engineering), PhD and Post-Doctorate Research (Mining/Environmental Engineering)

Tel: +27 15 962 8569
Email: francis.dacosta@univen.ac.za

Professor  Emeritus

Ogola J.S

Ph.D. Economic Geology; MSc,Mining Geology;  Postgrad. Dip. Geology and Mineral Exploration; Dip. Education

Tel: +27 15 962 8580
Email: jsogola@univen.ac.za
Senior lecturer

Korkor F.O

BSc Education;  Post-Graduate Diploma, Land Surveying (Geodetic Engineering); M.Sc. Mine Surveying

Tel: +27 15 962 8565
Email: korkor@univen.ac.za
Senior lecturer

Kataka M. O       

Ph.D. Mining Seismology; MSc. Geology and Geophysics;  Bsc. Hons; Strata Control Certificate; Certificate Seismology.

Tel: +27 15 962 8571
Email: milton.kataka@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Maiyana. A. B      

Masters of Earth Sciences (Geology) ; Bachelor of Earth Sciences (4 years Professional degree);  ISO 14001

Tel: +27 15 962 8576
Email: bethania.Maiyana@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Mhlongo. S   

Bachelor of Earth Science in Mining and     Environmental Geology (BESMEG); Certificate in advanced Remote Sensing Techniques For Environmental Modeling; Master of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology (MESMEG)   

Tel: +27 15 962 8576
Email: emmanuel.mhlongo@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Mundalamo H.R. 

Certificate in Laboratory practice; Certificate in Computer literacy; Certificate in Preparation of Thin Sections;  BSc (Chemistry);  B.Sc. Hons (Earth Sciences in Geology);  Master of Earth Sciences in Environmental Geology

Tel: +27 15 962 8566
Email: mundalh@univen.ac.za
Chief lab technician

Muzerengi. C 

Certificate in supervisory skills; Certificate  in Tripod Analysis, Certificate in Metallurgical Assaying;  Diploma in Metallurgical Assaying; Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology.  

Tel: +27 15 962 8645
Email: confidence@univen.ac.za
Junior lecturer      

Rembuluwani. N

Bachelor of Earth Science in Mining and Environmental Geology (BESMEG)

(Small scale mining, geological flied mapping, mine development, environmental risk assessment and risk management; and post mining impact.)

Tel: +27 15 962 8178
Email: ndivhudzannyi.rembuluwani@univen.ac.za
Junior lecturer      

Makhado. M  

Bachelor of Earth Science in Mining and Environmental Geology (BESMEG)

 

Tel: +27 15 962 8592
Email: makhado.nengovhela@univen.ac.za