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.
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
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.
- 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.
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
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.
Research projects and co-supervision
- 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.
Scholarship/financial assistance to students
- 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.
- The Department minerals and Energy, students scholarships
- Mining Qualification Authority, student scholarships and lecturer support.
- TheLimpopo Premier's Bursary Trust Fund.
The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources: