Systematic onshore and offshore geoscience mapping, which is the core function of the Council for Geoscience and forms the fundamental basis from which geoscience offerings (i.e. services and digital products) are derived to meet the needs of stakeholders. This function includes also engineering geology, geochemistry, geophysics and seismology surveys. The primary aim of geoscience mapping is to respond to South African national developmental imperatives as indicated in the NDP Vision 2030. Additionally, the Council for Geoscience provides world-class geoscience solutions to various stakeholders in order to enhance the prosperity and safety of South Africans and the sustainability of the country’s resources. .
The data and information gathered from these various surveys feed into the solutions provided for economic growth, a safe environment and health to advance safe infrastructure development and sustainable human settlements. These goals are accomplished through research into the identification of potential and/or proven economic mineral deposits and energy resources. Illustratively, geoscience research is conducted into geothermal energy and other natural energy resources such as coal, petroleum, natural gas. Additionally, the Council for Geoscience also conducts research in to mechanisms to mitigate or avoid environmental geohazards related to water resources, mineral resources and ground stability for the benefit of communities, industry and agriculture.
Resultant products from geoscience mapping include geological maps, geochemical synthesis reports, metallogenic and mineral potential maps and each of these contributes in providing:
- Pre-competitive data, information and knowledge to the mining and exploration industry, State agencies, academic institutions and the public.
- Information to the State for sustainable mineral and energy resource policy and planning.
- Information to the State for sustainable land use policy and planning.
- Increased understanding of the earth’s resources and their sustainable use.