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Moving from Traditional Mining to Modern Mining: Rwanda looks at Skilled personnel with qualification in Mining

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU

As Rwanda prepares to celebrate International Mining Day on December 4, 2020, there is growing evidence that Rwanda wants to keep pace with the mining sector’s transition from a traditional to a more advanced and knowledgeable Mining.

Normally when Mining companies are employing Workers, they select ordinary men, boys, girls and women but you find that a large number are workers who do not have the knowledge in Mining and it is only done because they have the energy to dig.

Often, we hear of mining accidents that kill people or tectonic blasting used in mining that sometimes destroy houses or injure people.

This adds to the fact that even production can be lost if not properly monitored due to a lack of information on the type of stones to be discarded from the desired ones even if such cases are not reported.

Apparently, Rwanda should focus on improving the mining sector and increasing its professionalism and work on information and knowledge based modern mining.

This will also help in the protection of natural resources and environmental/ecological resources protection as knowledge will be the driving force in this field.

On Monday November 30, officials from Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board joined students of mining and geology, University of Rwanda to reflect on the skills contribution to the development of the mining sector in Rwanda.

The discussions were part of a series of activities to mark mining week ahead of the International mining day slated on Friday 4, December.

Setting the tone for the event, the opening discussion provided an overview of the mining sector and an understanding of skills and modern equipment as cornerstones of the development of the sector at large.

Under the theme “Contribution of skills and modern equipment in the development of the mining sector” the International Mining Day in Rwanda will be celebrated at Rutongo School of Mining.

This celebration will be coupled with the official launch of the campaign to sensitize mining operators to employ skilled personnel and to use modern equipment to modernize the sector.

“We chose this theme for two reasons: to increase the level of safety and to increase production” Dr. Ivan Twagirashema, the Deputy CEO of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board told a group mining operator on Wednesday December 2, 2020 during a study tour at New Bugarama Mining, Burera district.

Dr. Ivan explained that New Bugarama Mining was selected as a model company due to its commitment in using skilled personnel and use of modern equipment. 

The governor of Northern province Hon.Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney who also joined the group during the study tour asked mining operators to give a chance to their children to study acquire skills in mining.

“In the days to come this sector will employ only skilled personnel, people who are able to use skills and modern equipment. So, let these people be your children, give them their right to study.”

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