Geological Survey

The main objectives of the Economic Geology Division are to Investigate, report and promote Namibia's Minerals resources and their mineral potential in order to attract local and foreign investments as well as to create sustainable development of Namibia's mineral resources.


Major activities of Economic Geology Division

Earth Data Namibia Management

All the information collected by various exploration companies for a period of over one hundred years, by means of mapping, surveying and exploration reports is stored in the database. Analogue data received from exploration and research related activities has been transformed and stored securely to digital format through a continuous process of scanning and entering of this data into the Earth Data Namibia (EDN) database. Link to the web presence of the Information Management system Earth Data Namibia.


Economic Geology Mineral Resources Information Series

Compiling mineral occurrence descriptions for each of the 1:250 000 (157KB) Geological map sheet using archival exploration reports and other sources.


Provision of Geological /Exploration Data

Exploration or historical data stored digitally within our Earth data Namibia (EDN) database are vital to prospectors, investors or researchers and are therefore being requested on a daily basis.


Reviewing and assessment of Exploration Reports

Reviewing and assessing exploration reports, which are submitted by exploration companies in accordance with the minerals (Exploration and Mining) Act of 1992


Promote Mineral Investments

Promoting mineral investments by attending and exhibiting at major local and international mineral investment conferences and trade fairs such as Ongwediva trade fair, Keetmanshop Industrial and Agricultural show, Windhoek Show Grounds, PDAC, INDABA, SEG etc.


Dimension stone Catalogue

Namibia produces a wide variety of dimension stone consisting mainly of marbles, granites, diorites and sodalite. The Dimension stone industry has been in existence since the beginning of the last century; however, its potential has not yet been fully developed. Therefore, the Economic geology division is currently busy with compiling a Dimension stone Catalogue.


Ore Deposit Research

The division continues to identify minerals currently in demand and review the literature with the aim of highlighting potential prospective areas with some Rare earth and tungsten mineral deposits has been undertaken by economic geology staff members.


Core shed Facility

The Economic geology division continues to maintain and manage the sample storage facilities in Windhoek and Tsumeb. The two facilities house valuable geoscience information in form of diamond drill core and reverse percussion drill chip samples and are accessed by mineral prospectus, mineral explorers and researchers on request.

A list of private Geological Consultants can be found here.


Namibia is regarded as highly prospective for the discovery of mineral deposits and the Economic Geology Subdivision will continue to highlight highly prospective areas through its products to help attract the much-needed investments in the minerals sector of the Namibian economy.

Mining and exploration companies are actively exploring for Precious and semi-precious stones, uranium, Precious metals, base metals, rare metals, industrial minerals. Namibia also has several active dimension stones quarries and processing plants. Furthermore, companies are exploring for fossil fuels, of which the offshore Kudu gas field will be exploited in the near future.