Midlands State University Tugwi Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute (TMMRI) has partnered with Zimbabwe Mining Safety Health and Environmental Council (ZIMSHEC) to offer a short course training on safe mining methods, health and safety as well as environmental sustainability to small-scale and artisanal miners in the country.
The training programme has been running at the Midlands State University’s Zvishavane campus from the 1st of August 2022.
Upon completion of the course, the small to medium-scale miners will be awarded certificates on mining safety, health and environment.
The program supports the Government of Zimbabwe and other partners’ efforts in promoting safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly small-scale mining activities in the country.
Some of the modules of the training programme include; an introduction to safety, health and environment in mining, introduction to risks and conflict management, plant machinery and materials application, professional ethics and practice in mining, environmental impact assessment norms, technological entrepreneurship and innovation in mining.
ZIMSHEC Executive Director, Mr Makumba Nyenje said the three-month training programme will help reduce safety risks to miners and improve occupational health and safety.
“Most artisanal miners do practice health and safety in mining. Our team together with the MSU team realised that it is important that miners across the country get training and take safety and health issues seriously in their businesses,” he said.
TMRRI Executive Director, Professor Jephias Matunhu also added that this training will upskill artisanal miners with modern mining safety best practices to reduce the number of accidents in mines.
“The training will benefit the miners by providing them with sufficient knowledge to operate their mines safely, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner,” he said.
ZIMSHEC is an organisation founded by small-scale and artisanal miners in Zimbabwe to promote occupational health and safety, environmentally friendly and sustainable mining practices as well as reduce the number of people trapped in mines due to poor mining safety practices.
The organisation was launched on the 10th of September 2021 inspired by several pieces of training undertaken by the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association(ZELA) with support from Christian Aid.
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