Zimbabwe yet to announce Deputy Minister of Mines

Zhemu Soda

After the publishing of new Cabinet Ministers and their Deputies, the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development is yet to have a Deputy Minister appointed.

Ministers and their deputies were announced and their names and Ministries were published on the Parliament of Zimbabwe website. On the parliament website, there is no mention of the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development deputy Minister. The permanent secretary of the Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Ministry, Nick Mangwana also shared the Deputy Ministers list which the Ministry of Mines does not appear.

Currently, only Soda Zhemu is listed under the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development as Minister.

Former Minister Hon Winston Chitando was moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works. Chitando during his time at the Mines Ministry, was deputised by Hon Polite Kambamura.

It is not clear if Kambamura will retain his previous position as Deputy Minister.

Meanwhile, the Association of Mine Surveyors of Zimbabwe (AMSZ) will be holding its AGM and Conference. The AGM and Conference will be running under the theme, “Strengthening the Mining Innovation Ecosystem through Investment, Technology, Skills, and Collaboration” which will run from the 11th to 14th of October 2023.

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According to AMSZ President Gabriel Mwale, there will be six key issues that will be discussed at the event which include among others government mine Surveyor’s certificate of competency, lobbying for increased technology in Mine Survey Offices nationwide and plenary discussions.

AMSZ AGM and Conference 2023, Key Issues:

  1. The Mining Bill and the Role of Surveyors therein.
  2. Lobbying for increased technological investments in Mine Survey Offices nationwide, to enhance accuracy, efficiency and safety.
  3. Promoting the latest and cutting-edge global best practices and procedures.
  4. The Government Mine Surveyor’s Certificate of Competency.
  5. National Certification of Mine Survey Assistants to improve the accuracy of survey data collection and measurement.
  6. Plenary discussions on improving general services that Mine Surveyors provide to the industry.

The (AMSZ) is an affiliate of The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe and was formed in 1985 as a Professional Non-Profit Body that represents the interests of the Mine Surveying Profession in Zimbabwe. It comprises of members from Mine Surveying Departments of various Mining Organizations, both locally and abroad, as well as other affiliate members from diverse technical fields related to Mine Surveying and the Mining Industry in general.

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