Dr. Osbert N. Sikazwe

Department of Geology
Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Economic Geology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Certificate in Remote Sensing Education for Educators, Stockholm Univ. Sweden
  • MSc in Mineral Exploration & Mining Geology, Leicester Univ., UK
  • Certificate in Gechemical Data Processing, Lusaka, Zambia.
  • B.Min.Sc in Geology, University of Zambia, Zambia

Dr. Sikazwe holds a PhD degree in Economic Geology from Vienna University, Austria obtained in 2001, an MSc degree in Mineral Exploration & Mining Geology from Leicester University, UK obtained in 1992 and a BSc degree in Mineral Sciences from the University of Zambia obtained in 1989. He has 23 years of working experience, i.e. 1 year in industry working for the Prescribed Minerals and Materials Commission (PMMC) as an exploration geologist on uranium surveys and as a supervisor of a coal drilling team of 15 people and 25 years in the university as a lecturer, researcher and consultant. 

During the time he has been with the University of Zambia he has: (i) internally examined three MSc theses and over 50 BSc theses at University of Zambia, (ii) externally examined 5 BSc theses from Venda University in South Africa and two MSc theses, one from University of Malawi and another from University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, (iii) Co-supervised 5 MSc students from the Katholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He has developed and/or reviewed curricula for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Zambia such as the Bachelor of Mineral Science in Geology and Master of Mineral Sciences in Mineral Resources Management. He has also helped the University of Malawi Polytechnic develop its bachelors degree programme in mining and metallurgical engineering through consultancy work supported by the World Bank. This has led to the establishment the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. In addition, he has developed and conducted short training programmes supported by the EU, World Bank, Zambia Revenue Authority and industry. For instance, with the support of EU, he developed training materials and delivered them to small scale gemstone miners, with support from the World Bank he developed training materials and delivered them to staff from the Ministry of Mining of Malawi and Denison Mines (an exploration company) hired him to develop training materials and deliver them to its field assistants. He also facilitated a short training programme jointly conducted in Zambia with International Mining 4 Development Centre (IM4DC) of Australia for participants from 11 African Countries. Through support from IM4DC he toured a number of Universities, research centres and mines in Western Australia and Queensland to learn on R&D and how Universities and industry collaborate.

During the 25 years of his working life with the University of Zambia he has consulted for various organizations (both private and public) including the EU, World Bank, Sida, Government, Mopani Copper Mines, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) (formerly known as Environmental Council of Zambia), Kariba Minerals, Trade Kings, First Quantum Minerals, Zambia Revenue Authority and Chibuluma Mines. He has also, within the School of Mines, coordinated projects such as the EU-supported Mining Sector Diversification Programme and the Belgian-supported VLIR-UNZA-IUC Programme. Besides being immediate past Dean of the School of Mines, past Head of the Department of Geology, past Assistant Dean – Undergraduate, he is currently serving as Chairperson of Students Residences Committee, Chairperson of the World Vision Zambia Board of Directors, member of the Petroleum Technical Committee in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, member of the ACP-EU development Minerals Technical Working Committee  and member of the Executive Committee of the Zambia Mining Skills and Education Training Trust (ZAMSET) Board.


Peer Reviewed Papers

  • Sikazwe, O., & Mdala, C., 2014. Effectiveness of Transient Electromagnetics in Mineral Deposit Exploration: A Case Study of the Kerry Road Cu-Zn-Au Sulphide Deposit, Northwest Scotland. Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.69-82.
  • Torremans, K., Gauqire, J., Boyce, A.J., Barrie, C.D., Sikazwe, O., & Muchez, Ph., 2013. Remobilisation features and structural control on ore grade distribution at Konkola Stratiform Cu-Co deposit, Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 79, 10-23.
  • Muchez, Ph., Brems, D., Clara, E., De Cleyn, A., Lammens, L., Boyce, A., De Muynck, D., Mukumba, W. & Sikazwe, O., 2010. Evolution of Cu-Co mineralizing fluids at Nkana Mine, Central African Copperbelt, Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 58, 457-474.
  • Brems, D., Muchez, Ph., Sikazwe, O. & Mukumba, W., 2009. Metallogenesis of the Nkana copper-cobalt South Orebody, Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 55, 185-196.
  • Muchez, P., Brems, D., Clara, E., Cleyn, An De Cleyn, Lammens, L., Mukumba, W., and Sikazwe, O.N. (2009). The stratiform Cu-Co deposits at Nkana-Mindola (Zambia): the influence of tectonism on their occurrence. In: P.J. Williams et al. (Editors) Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial SGA Meeting, Townsville, Australia, 2009, Economic Geology Research Unit, ISBN 9780980558685, pp.475-477. Also on www.e-sga.org
  • Sikazwe, O.N., Hagni, A.M., and Hagni, R.D., 2008. Applied Mineralogy of Refractory Copper Ores from the Nchanga Mine in the Copperbelt of Northern Zambia. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress for Applied Mineralogy, pp.643-649.
  • O.N. Sikazwe, A.M. Hagni and R.D. Hagni, 2008. Refractory Copper Ore from Nchanga, Zambia: A Materials Characterisation Study. 2008 SME Proceedings, Preprint 08-015, 8pp. (www.smenet.org/peerreview)
  • V. Shitumbanuma, H. Kamwale, S. Simukanga, O.N. Sikazwe, and E. Van Ranst, 2005 (accepted for publication), Suitability of soil derived from Kaluwe Carbonatite as a direct source of phosphorous for crop production. Proceedings of the Vlir-Unza International Conference of 2005.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., and De Waele, B., 2004: Assessment of the quality and reserves of bat guano at the Chipongwe and Kapongo Caves near Lusaka as fertilizer material. UNZA Journal of Science and Technology, Special Edition, pp.32-42.
  • Sinkala T, Simukanga S, Mwase E-T, Sikazwe O.N., Kanyomeka L., Mwase M., Kasuta E., Mwala M.S., Musonda M., Nsomi C.M. and Lewanika M. 1998. "An Environmental Impact Assessment Study of the Kafue River of Zambia between Itezhi Tezhi Dam and Kafue Gorge". 4th Inter. Symp. on Environmental Geotechnology and Global Sustainable Development". Boston (Danvers), Massachusetts, USA. August 9 - 13.
  • Simukanga, S., Sinkala, T., Sikazwe, O.N., and Kamona, F., 1997: Small -scale mining activities in the Serenje and Mkushi Districts of Zambia. In: Landner, L. (Ed.), Proceedings of an International Conference/Workshop (29th Sept - 1st Oct, 1997, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania),  pp. 50-67.
  • Mwala, M.S., Sinkala, T., Kanyomeka, L., Simukanga, S., Mwase, M., Sikazwe, O.N., Nsomi, C.M., Mwase-Ngulube, E.T., Lewanika, M., Kasuta, E., and Musonda, M.M. 1997: Problem of water weeds in Zambia: an overview of an environmental impact assessment of the Kafue river basin. Proceedings of the 16th East African Biennial Weed Science Conference, Uganda, pp. 267-277.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., 1996: An Integrated geophysical study: an example from the Kerry Road Cu-Zn-Au Sulphide Deposit, Gairloch, NW Scotland. Zambian Journal of Applied Earth Sciences, Vol            9(1), pp. 1 - 20.
  • Mambwe, S., Sikazwe, O.N., and Mbewe, C., 1995: Review of policy changes and thier impact on Industrial Minerals development in Zambia; In: Mambwe, S., Simukanga, S., Sikazwe, O.N., and Kamona, F.,(editors)  Proceedings of the 1995 International Conference on Industrial Minerals,  p.61 - 76.

Peer Reviewed Extended Abstracts

  • Muchez, Ph., El Desouky, H.A., Banks, D., Boyce, A., Brems, D., Cailteux, J.L.H., De Cleyn, A., Lammens, L. & Sikazwe, O., 2011. Metamorphism and structural control on the Cu-Co ore deposits in the Central African Copperbelt. In: Aerden, D.G.M.A. & Johnson, S.E. (eds), Abstracts volume of the meeting on The Interrelationship between Deformation and Metamorphism. 23-26 May 2011, Granada (Spain), 54-55.
  • Muchez, Ph., El Desouky, H., Boyce, A., Brems, D., De Cleyn, A., Dewaele, S., Lammens, L.,
  • Cailteux, J. & Sikazwe, O., 2011. Evolution of sediment-hosted Cu-Co ore mineralization in the Central African Copperbelt. Abstract volume of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group of the Geological Society, 5-7th January 2011, London (UK), 33.
  • Muchez, Ph., El Desouky, H., Brems, D., De Cleyn, A., Lammens, L., Cailteux, J. & Sikazwe,
  • O., 2010. Evolution of sediment-hosted Cu-Co ore mineralization in Central Africa. In: Decrée, S. & De Putter, T. (eds), Le Secteur minier de la République démocratique du Congo à la croissée des chemins. Abstracts of the international meeting ‘La quêtes des resources en Afrique centrale 2, 1-3 December 2010, Tervuren (Belgium), 41-42.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., Koller, F., Frank, W., and Tembo, F., 2004, Ar40/Ar39 Dates from the Matala Dome, central Zambia. Proceedings of the International Conference the East African Rift System: Evolution, Resources and Environment, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20-24 June 2004, pp.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., Chikwabda, E., Sinkala, T., and Burgess, J.L., 2004, Quality of soils and groundwater at the abandoned Dunrobin Gold Mine in Mumbwa District, central Zambia. Proceedings of the First Southern African Network for Training and Research in Environment (SANTREN) Exhibition and Conference: Challenges in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Gaberone, Botswana, 2004, pp15-16.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., and De Waele , B., 2004, Phosphorous-rich bat guano from the Chipongwe and Kapongo Caves, Lusaka, Zambia. Abstracts Volume of the UNZA-VLIR Interdisciplinary Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 25-26 February 2004, pp.14-16.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., 2003, The Red Sandstone in the Area of Marie and Lewis Vein Copper Deposit, Mumbwa District, Central Zambia: A possible source of copper. Proceedings of the IGCP 450 International Conference and Field Workshop on Proterozoic Sediment-hosted base metal deposits of western Gondwana, Lubumbashi, Congo DR on 14-24 July 2003, pp. 124-126.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., 2000, The C-O isotope composition of carbonates from the host rocks to the Lewis
  • and Marie copper sulphide deposits and from the underlying carbonate rocks, Mumbwa District, central Zambia: Evidence of effects of later meteoric fluids. Proceedings of the Geological Society Conference held in Kitwe, Zambia on 3-4 May 2002, pp. 28-31.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., Koller, F., Abart, R., & Tembo, F., 2001, The Petrography, Geochemistry and probable genesis the Lewis and Marie copper deposits, Mumbwa District, central Zambia. IGCP 450 Proterozoic Sediment-hosted Base Metal Deposits of Western Gondwana, pp.95-97.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., Koller, F., & Abart, R., 2001, The Petrography, Geochemistry and Genesis the  Lewis and Marie copper deposits, Mumbwa district, central Zambia. The Geological Society of Uganda Newsletter, vol 1, No. 2, p. 25.
  • Sikazwe, O.N. & Koller, F., 2000, Petrographic, geochemical and C-O isotope studies of the sediment-hosted Lewis Cu deposit of the Mumbwa district, central Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences 30, p. 80.
  • Sikazwe, O.N. & Koller, F., 1999, The Lewis-Marie copper deposits, central Zambia: geology, structure and mineralization. Journal of African Earth Sciences 28, p. 74.
  • Sikazwe, O.N. & Koller, F., 1999, Copper Mineralization in the Lewis-Marie Area, central Zambia: epigenesis versus syngenesis-a review. European Journal of Mineralogy 11, p. 214.
  • Sikazwe, O.N. and De Waele, B., 1997, Guano - A phosphate resource in Zambia? In:  Nkonde, G.K., Simukanga, S., Tembo, F., and Kawamya, V. (Eds.), Proceedings of an International Conference on Phosphate resources and food security in Africa (3rd -5th Nov., 1997), p.7.
  • Kamona, F., Tembo F., and Sikazwe O.N., 1996,  Palaeoproterozoic geology of Eastern Zambia. Proceedings of the IGCP 363 International Conference held in Kitwe, Zambia from 18th - 19th September 1996.
  • Sikazwe, O.N., 1990, A detailed geological mapping and determination of mineralization of the 1845S cross-cut at 1910L, Central Shaft, Nkana, Zambia. Zambian Journal of Applied Earth Sciences, 4,1, p 77;
  • Sikazwe, O.N., 1993, An Integrated geophysical study: an example from the Kerry Road Cu-Zn-Au Sulphide Deposit, Gairloch, NW Scotland. Zambian Journal of Applied Earth Sciences, vol 7(1).
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