Freeman is an Economic and Exploration Geologist currently interested in prospecting, deposit evaluation, mining and lecturing or conducting workshops in these fields. He has a long track record in all these areas. This has the advantage of keeping him informed of developments in different commodities simultaneously. He particularly enjoys fieldwork, and sharing his enthusiasm for mineral deposits and rocks, as well as the outdoor world, with geologists and non-geologists alike. He is keen especially to work where young geoscientists would benefit from his enthusiasm and experience.
Freeman graduated with BSc (Honours) in geology from the University of Wales (Aberystwyth) in 1984, and an MSc in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University in 1992. He also obtained a Post-Graduatte Diploma in (High School Physical Science and Mathematics) Education.
As a geologist and exploration manager both in the public and private mining sectors, he has conducted exploration for petroleum, coal, pegmatite-hosted precious stones and industrial minerals, base and precious metals, kimberlite-hosted diamonds, as well as industrial minerals, namely talc, fluorite and limestone for lime and cement production, in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. He has also conducted evaluation of different commodities for small-scale mining in Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In addition to the industrial work, he has lectured at the universities of Malawi, Namibia and Johannesburg in general geology, mineralogy, petrology, mapping, palaeontology, sedimentology, earth history and geochemistry. His main interests at present are geoscience education, economic/exploration geology, as well as mineral deposit evaluation in support of emerging miners.