The Zimbabwe School of Mines was established by a Presidential Charter signed on 20 May 1994 Statutory Instrument 100 of 1994, Proclamation 4 of 1994 in terms of subsection 426 of the Mines and Minerals Act (Chapter 165). Previously it operated as the Bulawayo School of Mines.
Section 3 (a) of the Zimbabwe School of Mines Charter states that the constitutional objectives of the School shall be: -
The Zimbabwe School of Mines Board is composed of experienced, educated and persons well versed in mining, management and general corporate governance. The Zimbabwe School of Mines has a Board of Management, which consists of members from the private sector (i.e. Chamber of Mines and professional mining institutions) the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development (MM&MD), SADC, HEXCO and the University of Zimbabwe. The Board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the MM&MD.
The Chief Executive Officer sit in the Board as ex-officio member.
Members of the management team include the CEO, Finance & Administration Manager, Training & Operations Manager and Corporate Affairs Executive, departmental heads (HOD’s) in the Academic Division and Finance Division.
The School is jointly funded by grants from the Chamber of Mines and MM&MD. Each mine or mining house in Zimbabwe is levied a fee by the Chamber of Mines which gives the money to Zimbabwe School of Mines. ZIMDEF provided funding for training equipment and consumables. The School also raises funds through tuition fees, sale of Distance Learning material, coaching courses, seminars and undertaking assignments for the mining industry. Other sources of financing are always being sought to complement the above in order to meet the various commitments as they arise.
The Government continuously supports the School’s recurrent budget and through PSIP is funding infrastructure development.
Professional Ministry of Mines & Mining Development staff sit in the Board and Committees.
Promoting responsiveness of School to Government Mining Policies and Directives.
The Land on which the School is established was generously donated to the school for a token fee by one of the Chamber members.
The first temporary building housing for the school were donated by the Chamber of Mines.
The Chamber provides financial support for part of the recurrent expenditure of the school – this is done by allocating 20% of each member’s subscriptions to the school.
Individual companies have made several donations of library books, training equipment and provision of some service staff to assist in training.
Individual mines send their staff for training in the various skills provided by the school.
The Chamber of Mines provided scholarships to six students annually and 14 in year 2007.
The Chamber of Mines participates in the various committees and sub-committees of the Board in the running of the school.
The Industry participates in the design, review and maintenance of the school’s curriculum.
Industry provided industrial attachments and mentorship to students, including familiarization trips to mines, provision of projects for practical training, etc.
There are other aspects in which the Chamber interacts and support the School, but the most important thing to emphasise is that the school is very vital for the development, not only of current skills needed in the industry, but also its future needs. Because of the current adverse macro-economic situation, Zimbabwe’s Mining Industry is faced with the highest unprecedented human capital flight ever felt since independence. This, therefore, require that the School train harder to ensure that the Industry can cope with the situation in order to survive.