Poor methodologies and below par gold recovery rates caused by engaging less experienced consultants: Miners cautioned

Poor methodologies and below par gold recovery rates caused by engaging less experienced consultants: Miners cautioned

By The Mining Vision Staff Writer

Engaging less experienced consultants results in substandard methodologies and poor gold recovery rates, a Bulawayo based metallurgical consultancy company KBM Consultancy has revealed.

According to a study titled ‘Strategies for sustainable gold processing in the artisanal and small scale mining sector in Zimbabwe,’ many small scale miners use basic tools for mining, ore handling and mineral processing leading to low levels of productivity. The same study reveals that most problems associated with small scale mining are technical and require technical solutions to enhance economic sustainability.

Against this background, KBM Consultancy in partnership with one of the leading organizations aimed at advancing and upscaling youth entrepreneurial participation in mining Young Miners Foundation and other stakeholders are partnering in a knowledge sharing seminar to close the knowledge deficit and boost miners’ production capacities.  

Speaking to the Mining Vision Magazine ahead of a mining seminar slated for the 12th of this month at Fair Mile in Gweru, KBM Consultancy Director of Operations Kudakwashe Mapurisa noted that mining is a very practical business which does not go well unless commitment is part of the service providers.

“Waste of reagents, underutilization of machinery and human resources can be a problem associated with engaging weak consultants,” Mapurisa cautioned adding that: “Miners and stakeholders will understand the reliable approaches to underground mining and skills in designing ore processing facilities and mineral extraction.”

The Mining Seminar will be held under the theme, ‘Maximizing Gold Recovery with KBM Consultancy and Maxirec.’ Maxirec constitute part of KBM Consultancy Associates focusing much attention on exploration and underground mining.

“This is our second seminar this year, the first one was held on 21 January 2022 in Manicaland and Mutare Club. The goal is to reach all provinces and bless the country with our fruitful hand,” Mapurisa told the Mining Vision Magazine.

According to KBM Consultancy, the mining seminar is aimed at equipping all entrepreneurs in the gold mining industry with knowledge on spearheading successful mining ventures.

“Attendees will come out of the seminar with an understanding of gold cyanidation processes and elution, skills to approach mining as a business, skills on designing ore processing facilities and mineral extraction as well as determination of choices of machinery and equipment,” said Mapurisa

Young Miners Foundation (YMF) Chief Executive Officer Payne Kupfuwa said partnering with KBM consultancy is part of the foundation’s meaningful collaborations that benefit miners.

“This is one of the strategic collaborations in line with our theme for this year, Young Miners Collaborative Corporate Participation for a Sustainable Mining Economy by 2030,” Kupfuwa said.


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