Lecturers and students in the Faculty of Mining and Geosciences, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from 5-6 May 2022 visited Kadoma and Norton on a working tour to assess Zimbabwe’s industrial minerals and gemstones.
The MSU team was accompanied by students and staff from Chinhoyi University of Technology(CUT) and the National University of Science and Technology(NUST).
The team visited Kadoma Magnesite and Norton Mine.
Kadoma Magnesite has the largest known magnesite deposits in Zimbabwe.
The team also toured Sunny Yi Feng Tiles company which produces ceramic and porcelain tiles as well as cups and plates.
The tour’s primary purpose was to appreciate the value of industrial minerals at various mining sites.
The tour was funded under the 2018-2020 Royal Academy of Engineering Higher Education Partnerships for Sub -Saharan Africa (RAEng HEPSSA/18/20).
In an interview, Mr Mumba, a senior technician in the Faculty of Mining & Geosciences said that the visit will help students appreciate the materials and processes in tile manufacturing and industrial minerals found at the Kadoma Magnesite mine.
“The main purpose of this visit was for students to see the industrial minerals like quartz and also be able to use the modern mining equipment and instruments. The trip is significant to the university as it promotes education 5.0 since students are exposed to mines and industries. Students were also exposed to industrial minerals and processes,” he said.
MSU Executive Dean Faculty of Mining and Geosciences Dr Antony Mamuse, MSU technicians Mr Edson Mumba and Mr Farai Zihanzu, Professor Wilbert Mtangi from CUT, Dr Sumanya Clemence from CUT and Engineer Stan Mudono from NUST were part of the entourage.
The tour ended with a visit to Thistle gold mine in Kadoma

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