November 10, 2014
Portable XRF Analyser
The Project on Capacity Building in Mining Sector in Malawi is aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of the mining sector in Malawi through capacity building and upgrading GIS database of geology and mineral resources.
Following the signing of the record of discussions for the project in April 2014, a team of experts was dispatched in August this year. Thereafter the first Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting to examine progress of the project was held on 10th November 2014. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Conference Room and was presided over by the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources, Energy and Mining. The project team leader, Mr Onuma, presented the outline of the project and its progress so far.
The project has completed the 1st year's geochemical survey in 5 targeted areas in Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba in the Northern part of Malawi where 319 samples were collected and sent to a laboratory in South Africa for analysis of mineral components. The geochemical survey was conducted through on-the-job-training (OJT) approach. Two geologists and two assistants from the Geological Survey Department (GSD) were involved. This approach ensures transfer of skills from Japanese Experts to Malawian Counterparts.
The project has also procured equipment one of which is portable XRF analyser. An expert from Cape Town, South Africa was invited by the project to train counterparts on how to use the equipment safely, measure materials and manage data. With this training it is expected that the equipment will be used effectively and efficiently to derive maximum results.
Additionally, the project team of experts also visited two mining sites as part of the artisanal small scale mining (ASM) study. The mining sites included Kaolinite clay at Linthipe in the Central part of Malawi and Coal mines in Livingstonia at Mchenga, Jalawe and Kaziwiziwi in the Northern part of Malawi. Information about mining safety and environment was collected.
Furthermore, through the project, two Geologists from GSD have already started long-term training at master's level at Akita University in Japan from September 2014. One more mining engineer will commence his long-term studies at Hokkaido University from April 2015.
The next set of activities will include statistical analysis of assay results, GIS data creation, geochemical map creation and a seminar on the same activities. Furthermore, analysis by XRF analyser will be conducted by Malawian counterparts. The meeting further agreed that the second JCC should be held in February 2015.
Counterpart Training in Progress
JCC Participants Listening to a Presentation