Midlands State University Association of Students in Mining (MSUASIM) conducted a Mine Ventilation Symposium on the 6th of November at MSU Zvishavane Campus.
The symposium involved students from the Mining Engineering Department, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department from the Faculty of Engineering and Geosciences, as well as delegates from Anglo-American Unki Mine.
In his keynote address, Chief Ventilation Engineer at Anglo-American Unki Mine, Joshua Tigere provided valuable insights in the area of mine ventilation.
Engineer Tigere emphasised the need for students to network with industry captains and local mining associations as this will offer a range of benefits and advantages such as networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, professional development, knowledge and grants, leadership and skills development, industry insights, community involvements and access to job opportunities.
Engineer Tigere added that mining students should understand software related to the mining industry such as Vulcan and Datamine software as well as pursue other relevant qualifications related to mining such as Mine Ventilation, Mine Planning, Rock Engineering and Slater Control to succeed in the mining industry.
In her presentation, Acting Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Geosciences, Engineer Engina Nyathi, emphasised two critical elements of mine ventilation that are critical to safe mining.
“The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the application of Electronics in mining ventilation systems are at the forefront of modern mining practices as they offer a glimpse into the future of safer and more efficient operations in the mining industry.
“AI can predict changes in ventilation requirements, detect anomalies, and provide early warnings for potential issues and this technology enhances the safety of miners and contributes to more sustainable mining practices,” said Engineer Engina.
The symposium marked an important step towards enabling mining students to discuss and stay updated on industry trends, share insights and foster collaborations in the field of mine ventilation.
Acclaimed for moulding rounded graduates, Midlands State University is committed to creating synergies between industry and students.

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