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Overview and History

The Department of Mining and Environmental Geology in this University was established in 2000 as a response to a challenge posed by the Limpopo Provincial Government to the two universities in the Province. The Provincial Government observed that inspite of the fact that mining is one of the top economic nodes of the province, there was 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). Consultations took place between UNIVEN and the mining houses and the Mining Qualifications Authority. These consultations provided an assessment of the programme viability in terms of the size and shape of the curriculum, level of demand for the programme in the region, the employment prospects of graduates and partnerships for resource sharing between MEG and the mining houses.

These inputs were incorporated in the MEG programme development. To date MEG offers several qualifications, and within five years the Department has grown from 57 students in 2000 to 350 students in 2005.

The Department of MEG has been a most successful and gratifying response to Limpopo Provincial Government's challenge. The Department has made a tremendous contribution by providing access to the youth of the region to the mining profession. It has linked the youths with a profession that their fore bearers patronized merely as unskilled mineworkers. In this context, the MEG curricular has helped to advance the mission of linking UNIVEN with the needs of its hinterland community.

Misssion

The mission of the Department is to conduct a pro-active, formative, interactive teaching and research programme founded on academic/scientific principles which include an appropriate practical component, to encourage analysis, creativity and the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Qualifications / Programmes Offered

The Department offers the following diplomas and certificates:

  • Certificate in Post Mining Rehabilitation (CER PMR)
  • Certificate in Mine Infrastructure Operation and Management (CER MOM)
  • Certificate in Mine Inspection (CER MI)
  • Diploma in Mining and Post Mining Rehabilitation (DIP MIR)
  • Diploma in Mine Health and Safety (DIP MHS)

The Department also offers the following degree programmes:

  • BES MEG (Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology)
  • BES MIS (Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mine Surveying)
  • MES MEG (Masters of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology)
  • PhD MEG (Doctor of Philosophy in Mining and Environmental Geology)

Prof. JS Ogola (Head of Department)
Ph.D. Economic Geology; MSc. Mining Geology; Postgrad. Dip. Geology and Mineral Exploration; Diploma in Education.

  • Over 40 publications and 18 technical reports including a book; Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, 1997, in the areas of Geology, mineral exploration, Small-scale mining, Environmental Impact Assessment and Climate Change/Global Warming. Recent publications are:
  • Mitullah, W.V . Ogola, J.S. and Omulo, M.A ( 2003): The Socio-economic Aspects of Artisanal Gold Mining in Migori District, Kenya, Chapter 16, A.A. Balkema, Publ Netherlands,pp.281-290.
  • Ogola, J.S. (2002): Mining Techniques and Practices: A Pathway to Environmentally Responsible Mining. In P. Tundo and L. Mammino (eds): Green Chemistry in Africa, IUPAC/INCA, Venice, Italy, Green Chemistry Series No.5, pp.157-173. Mining. In P. Tundo and L. Mammino (eds): Green Chemistry in Africa, IUPAC/INCA, Venice, Italy, Green Chemistry Series No.5, pp.157-173.
  • Ogola, J.S., W.V. Mitullah and M.A. Omulo, (2002): Impact of Gold Mining on the Environment and Human Health: A case study in the Migori Gold Belt, Kenya. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands.
  • Okoth , S.A. and Ogola, J.S., 2002: Distribution of Fungi and Climate Change: A Case Study of Mucoraceous Fungi in Kenya. World Resource Review Publ., Naperville, USA, Vol. 14, No.2, pp. 223-234.
  • Ogola, J.S. and Behr, H.J. (eds.), 2001 : “Saline-alkaline Lakes in Eastern and Southern Africa.” Workshop Proceedings, Nairobi, 90 pp.
  • Ogola, J.S. and Behr, H.J., 2000: “Mineralogy and Trona formation in Lake Magadi.” A.A. BALKEMA Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 1-4.
  • Ogola, J.S., 1999: “Geothermal Energy Resource: An Alternative Energy Source in Kenya.” In Bk. Eliason, P.W.F. Riemer and A. okaun (Eds.): Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Pergamon, Amsterdam. 1005-1009. Ogola, J.S. and S.A. Okoth. 1999: “Climate Change: Potential Impacts of Kenya's Ecosystem and Biodiversity.” World Resource Review Publ., Naperville, USA, pp. 161-173.
  • Ogola, J.S. and M. A. Omulo , 1998: “Energy use in Kenya: Advancement of Alternative Energy Sources to Mitigate Climate Change Through Activities Implemented Jointly.” In P.W.F. Riemer, A.Y. Smith and K.V. Thambimuthi (eds.): Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Technologies for Activities Implemented Jointly, Elsevier, New York, pp. 103-108.
  • Ogola, J.S., M.A. Abira and V.O. Awuor (eds.), 1997: “Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya.” Climate Network Africa (CNA) Publ., Nairobi, 191 pp.
  • Ogola, J.S., 1997: “Lome Passe: Debate on Integrating and Implementing Environmental Measures.” Report of a Public Debate, INZET, Vereniging voor Noord-Zuid Campagnes, Amsterdam, pp. 46-47.
  • Ogola, J.S., 1997: "Geology and Mineral Resources of Nyanza Province, Western Kenya." Geological Society of Africa (GSA) Special Issue, pp. 407-432.
  • Omenda, P.A. and Ogola, J.S., 1997: "Wire Hill sulphide mineralisation: An Archaean submarine geothermal system." GSA Special Issue, pp. 433-447.
  • Barigira, G. and Ogola, J.S., 1997 : "Gypsum mineralisation in the Isinya-Konza, Kajiado District, Kenya." GSA Special Issue, pp. 353-365.
  • Ogola, J.S. and V.O. Awuor, 1997: "Climate change: The Basic Scientific Issues." In BK: Potentia .
  • Ogola, J.S. and V.O. Awuor, 1997: "Climate change: The Basic Scientific Issues." In BK: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, CNA Publ., pp.3-15.
  • Ogola, J.S., 1997: "Sources and Sinks of Greenhouse Gases." In BK: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, CNA Publ., pp. 17-29.
  • Ogola, J.S. and M.A. Omulo, 1997: "Climate Change and Energy Resources in Kenya." In Bk.: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, CNA Publ., pp. 33-42.
  • Awuor, V.O. and J.S. Ogola, 1997: "Effects of Climate Change on Kenya's Agriculture." In Bk.: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, CNA Publ., pp. 95-117.
  • Ogola, J.S. and M.A. Abira, 1997 : "Responses to Climate Change." In Bk: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Kenya, CNA Publ., pp. 169-178.

National Development Activities / Consultancy/ Research:

  • CSIR-Miningtek, CSIR-Environmentek, Water Research Commission; THRIP-NRF; Pulles Howard and de Lange; Angloplatreef and University of Witwatersrand; Anglo American Prospecting Services; UNDP- Revolving fund; UNDP Training Programme.
  • National Council for Science and Technology, Kenya; Government of Kenya; UNESCO; San Martin Mining and lnvestment Company; Trade World Kenya Mines Ltd; German Academic Exchange Service; East African Portland Cement Company; Climate Network Africa (NGO); Friends of Lake Victoria-OSIENALA (NGO); The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Nairobi (Donor).

Membership:

  • Geological Society of Africa; Geological Society of South Africa; Geological Society of Kenya.
  • Member, Technical Committee, Pulles Howard and de Lange (PHD) Johannesburg.
  • Member, WRC, Steering Committee, South Africa.
  • Member, Kenya National Academy of Science.
  • Member, International Association of the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD).
  • Member; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)- South Africa Association.

  • Small-Scale Mining: Technology Transfer and Poverty Reduction (collaborative research work with Miningtek, Council for Scientific and lndustrial Research-CSIR).
  • Mineral Assessment in the Giyani Greenstone Belt for small-scale mining, Limpopo Province (collaboration with Limpopo Economic Enterprise-NPDC, Wits University).
  • A comprehensive study of environmental degradation of Nzhelele-Makhado area and development of integrated environmental management models (school-wide project).
  • Collaborative Research work with Pulles Howard and De Lange.
    • Evaluation and validation of Geochegfmical prediction techniques for underground coal mines in the Witbank/Highveld region.
    • Development of an appropriate procedure for closure of deep underground gold mines.
    • Classification of Manganese containing wastes;
    • Development of water balances for pollution prediction from gold mine waste residue deposits.
    • Tyre Dump Rehabilitation Project at Grootegeluk Mine.
    • Geology and Mineralisation in the Potgietersrus platinum deposit (Joint project with School of Geoscience, Wits University).

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

Designation Name Contacts
HOD

Prof. JS Ogola

Tel: +27 15 962 8511
Email: ogolaj@univen.ac.za

Dr. F.A Dacosta

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

Mr. FO Korkor

Tel: +27 15 962 8567
Email: korkor@univen.ac.za

Ms. HR Mundalamo

Tel: +27 15 962 8645
Email: mundalh@univen.ac.za