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INFORMATION SHARING WORKSHOP – SMALL SCALE MINING DIVISION (SSMD). BY LINUS MULELE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MINES DATE: 14 MARCH 2011 PLACE: SAFARI HOTEL; WINDHOEK. PRESENTATION FORMAT. ORGANOGRAMME OF THE SSMD. OBJECTIVES OF THE SSMD. FUNCTIONS OF THE SSMD.
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BY LINUS MULELE
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MINES
DATE: 14 MARCH 2011
PLACE: SAFARI HOTEL; WINDHOEK
ORGANOGRAMME OF THE SSMD.
OBJECTIVES OF THE SSMD.
FUNCTIONS OF THE SSMD.
SOME OF THE SSMD ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE.
CONSTRAINTS TO SSM DEVELOPMENT IN NAMIBIA.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DIRECTORATE OF MINES TO SSM COUNTRYWIDE
THE WAY FORWARD.
- Mineral Resources/Information subdivision
- Analytical and Environmental Services subdivision
Present staffing of the SSMD
Deputy Director of Mines
1x SSM expert on secondment from Cuba
12 staff compliment
Currently there are only 3 filled positions
9 vacant positions to be filled
However, 6 positions have already been advertised and interviews have been conducted.
Recommendations have been forwarded to the PSC for their necessary action.
The SSMD is responsible for the development of the SSM subsector in accordance with MME Strategic Plan and NDP3 objectives and Vision 2030 goals of employment creation throughout Namibia.
To provide geotechnical support services i.e. Geological; Mineral Processing; Environmental Management, as well as marketing and laboratory sample analyses to SSM throughout Namibia.
To appraise and evaluate project proposals submitted to the Directorate of Mines for funding to ensure that they are technically feasible, economically profitable, and financially viable.
To monitor mining and beneficiation methods and promote adoption of new methods of mining and processing technologies.
To coordinate monitoring programmes and conduct environmental incident investigations in SSM.
To liaise with informal sector representative bodies to promote SSM.
To carryout prefeasibility and preinvestment studies on mining and mineral processing projects in SSM.
To liaise with outside Agencies and other members of MME to optimize support to SSM.
Legalization of Erongo Region Small Miners Association (ERSMA) into a legal entity.
Legalization and formation of Kunene Region Small Scale Miners Association (KUNSMA).
Training of SSM of Erongo and Kunene Regions in cutting and polishing operations of semi precious stones.
Training of SSM from KARSMA in mineral identification and evaluation.
In the pipeline during the coming financial year SSMD will spearhead the formation and legalization of the following SSM countrywide:
Khomas Region Small Miners Association (KHORSMA).
Otjozondjupa Region Small Scale Miners Association (OTJORSMA).
Hardap Region Small Scale Miners Association (HARSMA).
Omaheke Region Small Scale Miners Association (OMARSMA).
Geotechnical, mineral processing, laboratory sample analyses as well as marketing services.
Assisting SSM with the preparation of viable SSM project proposals which can be submitted to MDF or any other financial institutions for funding purposes to purchase equipment/machinery for mining operations.
Gemological evaluation of semi precious stones and mineral specimen.
Providing SSM with local and international buyers for their mineral products.
Providing training to SSM in Mine Health, Safety and Environmental issues.
Assist with J/V partnership relationship with foreign companies.
Since SSM activities lie within Constituencies of the Regional Councilors they should be actively involved in SSM development together with other stakeholders.
The SSM are to provide potentially viable SSM project proposals to MME for appraisal and evaluation.
Training of SSM in mineral processing operations; Gemological evaluation of their mineral products, and Environmental Management and control.
How could the mining industry partner with the Directorate of Mines in assisting the SSM countrywide?