Geological Survey Department (GSD) is an institution within the Ministry of Mining. It was established in 1922 by Nyasaland Protectorate under the British Colonial Government with the aim of conducting regional geological mapping and exploration of groundwater resources. The groundwater component was delinked to the Ministry responsible for water. The GSD has evolved a lot as currently is a national research centre which does systematic geoscientific investigations that among others, include geohazards assessment which supports the implementation of development plan prevention policies. The Department has its headquarters in Zomba and Regional Offices in Lilongwe and Mzuzu.


To collect, assess, disseminate and archive all geoscientific data related to geology and minerals resources of the country.

To be a dynamic institute of excellence that is innovative, self-motivated, development-oriented and responsive to the clients’ needs for geoscientific development.

Mission Statement
To acquire, monitor, update, archive and disseminate geoscientific information of Malawi in order to foster socio-economic development and contribute to poverty reduction through the utilisation and management of minerals and other geological resources.

Strategic Objective
The department strategic objectives are;

  1. Conduct systematic mapping and documentation of the geology of Malawi
  2. Carry out mineral exploration to unveil the mineral potential of the country
  3. Map and document geological hazards for proper land use planning and instating possible mitigation measures
  4. Collect, update, curate and disseminate geoscientific data
  5. Provide technical services to artisanal and small-scale miners in prospecting minerals and identification
  6. Undertake collaborative geoscientific research with local and international intuition
  7. Provide technical and advisory services to the general public, other government intuition and the private sector on geoscientific matters.
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The Department operates two regional offices. One is in Lilongwe and the other is in Mzuzu. These offices coordinate geological activities within the regions. The Southern Region is managed from the Headquarters in Zomba. There are also working stations in Bangula, Feremu, Linthipe and Mponela.
The Director,

Geological Survey Headquarters,

Po. Box 27, Zomba, Malawi

Physical Address; Along M5, Zomba- Liwonde Road

The Regional Geologist,

Geological Survey Department,

Regional Office Centre

Physical Address; 2nd Floor, Matamando Building,

Lilongwe, Malawi

The Regional Geologist,

Geological Survey Department,

Regional Office North,

P.O.Box 9, Mzuzu, Malawi.

Physical Address; Luwinga-Nkolongo Road,

Off Botanical Gardens Road, Luwinga, Mzuzu.


Ministry of Mining,

P.O Box 251,

Lilongwe, MALAWI

Tel: +265-1-755 303

Matamando House,

City Center, Lilongwe


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