ROLE OF THE CHAMBER OF MINES IN ZSM
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.