Department of Mining and Environmental Geology

School of Environmental Sciences
About Us

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 community.


To advance the community learning by engaging in scientific research; provide a high quality educational experience to students in a diverse learning environment; and partnership with communities to provide educational, technical and cultural support to increase their liveability.


To provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum with emphasis on effective exploitation of mineral resources and management of the environment through teaching and community-based research.

Admission requirements

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 a, Mathematics, Physical Science but excluding Life Orientation and Life Science).

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


  • 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% and English 50%

CodeMODULE TITLEPrerequisite(s)
MEG 1541Introduction to geology
MEG 1542Introduction to Mining and Mineral Economics
MEG 1641Introduction to hydrogeology and soil science
MEG 1642Introduction to the strength of materials and rock mechanics
2nd year (BESMEG)
MEG 2541Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Basin AnalysisMEG 1541
MEG 2542Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyMEG 1642
MEG 2543Geochemistry and Mineral ProcessingMEG 1542
MEG 2641Introduction to photogeology and Remote sensingMEG 1641
MEG 2642Introduction to GIS
MEG 2643Introduction to Geomadicene
MEG 2644Introduction to Surveying
MEG 2655Mine Water Generation and South African Policies and Guidelines
3rd year (BESMEG)
MEG 3541Economic Ecology and Mineral Resources of Southern AfricaMEG 2542
MEG 3542Environmental Geology and RehabilitationMEG 2541
MEG 3543Introduction to GeophysicsMEG 2642
MEG 3544Mine Development and Mining OperationsMEG 2543
MEG 3547Integrated Mine Water ManagementMEG 2645
MEG 3641Exploration and Mining geologyMEG 2542
MEG 3642Geological Field Mapping
MEG 3643Surface Mining and Mine Management
MEG 3644Surface SurveyingMEG 2644
MEG 3645Geotechnical Engineering
MEG 3600Industrial Attachment
MEG 3646GIS and Map ProductionMEG 2642
MEG 3647Geo-environment and HealthMEG 2641
4th Year (BESMEG)
MEG 4541Mineral Exploration and Advance Mineral Economics: MEG 4541MEG 3541
MEG 4542Exploration Geophysics :MEG 4542MEG 3543
MEG 4543Underground MiningMEG 3544
MEG 4544Mine Safety and HealthMEG 3647
MEG 4545Engineering and Transport SystemMEG 3643
MEG 4546Non-Entry MiningMEG 3645
MEG 4641HydrogeologyMEG 3641
MEG 4642Advanced Mine and Environmental ManagementMEG 3542
MEG 4644Small-scale Mining
MEG 4647Underground Mine SurveyingMEG 3644
MEG 4990Research Project and dissertation




MEG 5541Mineral Exploration and Advance Mineral EconomicsMEG 3541
MEG 5542Exploration GeophysicsMEG 3543
MEG 5543Underground MiningMEG 3543
MEG 5544Mine Safety and HealthMEG 3647
MEG 5545Engineering and Transport SystemMEG 3643
MEG 5546Non-Entry MiningMEG 3645
MEG 5641HydrogeologyMEG 3641
MEG 5642Advanced Mine and Environmental ManagementMEG 3542
MEG 5644Small-scale Mining 
MEG 5647Underground Mine SurveyingMEG 3644
MEG 5990Research Project and dissertation 
Since its establishment in 2000, the Department of Mining and Environmental Geology has made great strides in developing partnerships and collaborations with the mining industry, Government departments, non-governmental organizations and other universities both nationally and internationally.

Departmental initiatives include partnerships with:

  • Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Through this collaboration, some third year students visited four academic institutions in Germany (Technical University of Clausthal, Gottingen University, Technical University of Berlin, and Technical University of Freiberg). Currently we have collaboration with Technical University of Clausthal.
  • Water Research Commission of South Africa; We have received research funds for our Honours and Masters students, and mobility funds for participation in conferences.
  • University of Witwatersrand; We have several joint projects incorporating postgraduate students and co-supervision.
  • University of Cape Town; We have collaboration in teaching, research and co-supervision.
  • Many companies/mines provide mine visit and industrial attachment opportunities for our students. Below are just a few of these companies and mines: Gold Fields (Kloof Mine and Driefonten Mine), Venetia Diamond Mine, Kumba Resources (Tshikondeni Coal Mine and Grootegeluk Coal Mine), Impala Platinum (Rustenburg Operations) and many more
  • Department of Mineral Resources has supported the department in diverse ways. These include bursary scheme for top performing students and practical training/internship opportunities for our students.
  • South Africa/ Germany joint science and technology research cooperation – Giyani project.
  • Collaboration in research and staff/students exchange with the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany.
  • Collaborative research work with the Council for Geoscience –Giyani Project.

Collaborative research work with University of Virginia – Clay mining, pottery and water filter project at Ha-Mashamba Village in Limpopo Province. Three honours students are currently attached to the project.