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THE CGS IS NOMINATED AS FINALIST IN THE VISION 2030 AWARDS


Vision2030SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) welcomes the nomination as an award finalist for the Vision 2030 Awards, which will be held on the 21 June 2018, at Emperors Palace Johannesburg. The CGS will be competing against a selected group of peer institutions for the Science & Technology Award category. The finalists will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges who will painstakingly assess the extent to which the institutions advance the science knowledge base to tackle the societal challenges.

RE: NOTIFICATION OF A RECENT SEISMIC EVENT, 3rd MAY 2018

The Council for Geoscience can confirm that an earthquake occurred in the far West Rand gold mine area on 3 May 2018 at 13:17 South African Standard Time. The earthquake registered a preliminary 2.1 on the local magnitude scale as determined with seismograph stations of the South African Seismograph Network operated by the Council for Geoscience. The Council for Geoscience shall confirm the basis of the seismic event upon iterative review of the preliminary data by a seismologist.

For media enquiries please contact Mr Ian Saunders on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 012 841 1456

RE: UPDATE ON THE RECENT SEISMIC EVENT, 28th JANUARY 2018

An earthquake occurred on the 28th January, 2018, at 18:03 South African Standard Time, on the Indian Rift at 53.10°S and 9.49°E approximately 2200 km southwest of Cape Town, with a moment magnitude of Mw~6.5. This event was located and analysed by partner networks in the Indian Ocean Tsunami warning System, e.g., Geofon Potsdam, Germany.

The mechanism of the earthquake is interpreted as strike slip hence, also considering the moderate magnitude and distance to the South African coast, the probability of a tsunami at South Africa is deemed insignificant. There have since been two more earthquakes (possibly aftershocks) that have been reported to have occurred in the same area in the past 11-12 hours. The two earthquakes could be linked to this one and also caused by the same mechanism. The locations of these earthquakes (as indicated above) are still to be reviewed by a seismologist.

For media enquiries please contact Mr Ian Saunders on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Tel: 012 841 1456

THE CGS WELCOMES EXECUTIVE MANAGERS

The CEO of the Council for Geoscience is thrilled to welcome new executive managers; Dr Jonty Tshipa for Corporate Services, Ms Refilwe Shelembe for Geological Resources and Dr David Khoza for Applied Geoscience. The CGS looks forward to an exciting future and wishes them great success in their new roles.

 

RE: NOTIFICATION OF A RECENT SEISMIC EVENT, 26th APRIL 2018

The Council for Geoscience can confirm that an earthquake occurred in the East Rand gold mine area on the 26 April 2018, at 08:26am South African Standard Time. The earthquake registered a preliminary 3.1 on the local magnitude scale as determined by seismograph stations of the South African Seismograph Network operated by the Council for Geoscience. The Council for Geoscience has immediately deployed seismologists to establish and confirm the basis of the event.

For media enquiries please contact Mr Ian Saunders on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 012 841 1456

Seismic disturbance in the West Rand gold mining area on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 at 17:47

The South African National Seismograph Network automatic locator detected a seismic disturbance in the West Rand gold mining area on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 at 17:47 South African Standard Time. The event had a primary magnitude of M=2.8. This is an automatic location and magnitude which may change once  reviewed by a seismologist.

Moderate seismicity had occurred before in the West Rand and Far West Rand gold mining areas with four events of magnitude M=3.9 from 2000 till date; the list of these previous events is given below:

  Date    Time      Lat.    Lon.  Region and comments    Depth Mag

 y. m. d. h. m. s.      (Deg.)                             (km) ML

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 5  5 23  6  9 11.3 -26.36 27.51 Far West Rand gold mines  2.0 3.9

 5  7 13 14 51 57.6 -26.39 27.35 Far West Rand gold mines  2.0 3.9

 5  7 16  6 57 32.2 -26.44 27.38 Far West Rand gold mines  2.0 3.9

10  6 14 11 51 56.4 -26.47 27.50 Far West Rand gold mines  2.0 3.9

 

ADDRESS BY HONOURABLE MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES Mr SAMSON GWEDE MANTASHE

ADDRESS BY

HONOURABLE MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES

Mr SAMSON GWEDE MANTASHE

ON THE OCCASION OF THE DEBATE ON VOTE 29: Mineral Resources

15th May 2018, Cape Town

Honourable Chairperson

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Cde Godfrey Oliphant

Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources. We take this moment, once more, to send condolences to Cde Zet Luzipho and his family, who buried their father this past weekend.

Honourable Members

Invited Guests

As Nelson Mandela intimated, we have always known that our freedom would be incomplete until the people of Palestine are also free. These words are even more true today, having witnessed the carnage meted out by the Israeli forces in Gaza yesterday.

We send our sympathies and solidarity to the people of Palestine. We commend the Department of International Relations for its response by withdrawing our country’s Ambassador to Israel. Such is our commitment to our solidarity, as the ANC.

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The Council for Geoscience asks for R20bn for South Africa Mapping.

State-funded Council for Geoscience wants to undertake a geological mapping of the whole of SA but needs R20bn over 10 years to complete the project.

Less than 5% of the country is covered by geotechnical maps of a 1:50,000 scale, which provides the most clarity of geological resources.

The country has been fully covered in terms of 1:1,000,000 and 1:250,000 scale maps, and the aim is to cover it entirely with 1:50,000 scale maps.

CEO Mosa Mabuza noted that Namibia, Canada and Australia had fully mapped their countries with 1:50,000 scale maps and combined had attracted about 40% of the global mining exploration budget.

"Exploration activity is attracted by the availability of geological information. It is important to invest in the geosciences today to secure the future that we seek," Mabuza said. Mineral explorers required maps on a scale of 1:50,000.

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Council for Geoscience appoints a Chief Executive Officer

 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has announced the appointment of Mr Mosa Mabuza as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The announcement was made this morning by the Chairperson of its Board, Dr Humphrey Mathe. The position was occupied by Mr Simon Sikhosana until his retirement in November 2016. Mabuza was subsequently seconded to the CGS by the Department of Mineral Resources to act as its interim CEO until the position was permanently filled. During his tenure on this role, he has managed to reprioritize geological mapping by championing the refocus of the organization towards a geo-scientific programme that seeks to map South Africa at a scale of 1: 50 000. This appointment comes into effect immediately.

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THE COUNCIL FOR GEOSCIENCE COLLABORATES WITH MINTEK CONCERNING SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION IN THE FIELDS OF GEOSCIENCES

CGS_Mintek

The Council for Geoscience CEO, Mr Mosa Mabuza and Mintek counterpart, Mr David Msiza concluded an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two science councils.

The collaboration aims to strengthen the mining value chain research and optimize the scientific response to societal challenges. Both CEO’s expressed enthusiasm on implementing synergistic programmes to effect the collaboration and deliver tangible results.

 

 

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