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About Us

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is one of the National Science Councils of South Africa and is the legal successor of the Geological Survey of South Africa, which was formed in 1912 by the amalgamation of three former surveys, the oldest of which - the Geological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope - was founded in 1895.

The Geoscience Act, Act No. 100 of 1993 established the CGS in its present form. Today, the CGS is a modern institution, boasting excellent facilities and expertise and ranking among the best in Africa.



  • A prosperous society enabled by geoscience solutions.


  • Providing geoscience solutions in South Africa and beyond.




  • Working together as teams across functions to solve problems, develop novel ideas that create new value for our stakeholders and improve the organizational performance of CGS.


  • Striving for a diverse workplace by incorporating the contributions of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, promoting an inclusive culture and demonstrating respect for the individual.


  • Excellence and continuous improvement in everything we do.


  • Consistently setting challenging yet realistic targets, taking ownership of personal actions and work commitments, and holding ourselves personally accountable for achieving results.


  • Ensuring professional and personal development of our staff in a learning organization.


  • Consistently providing prompt and courteous service to both our external and internal stakeholders.