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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 and transformed society enabled by geoscience solutions.


1. The mission of the CGS is to contribute to a prosperous South Africa by:

2. Providing integrated, systematic and thematic maps and conducting research on the onshore and offshore geology of South Africa, as mandated, to:

Facilitate mineral, energy and agricultural development;

Contribute to the assessment and sustainable management of mineral, geohydrological and geo-environmental resources;

Support infrastructure development.

3. Acting as a national advisory authority on geo-environmental pollution.

4. Providing an information repository and delivery platform that facilitates actionable decisions and the accessibility of relevant information by relevant stakeholders.

5. Discharging the mandate in a manner that supports transformation and national developmental imperatives.



    • Solving problems through novel ideas that create value for the stakeholders of the CGS.


  • Promoting an inclusive culture that respects the contributions of the diverse people of the CGS


  • Striving for exceptional quality in all that the CGS does.


    • Setting SMART targets with personal ownership and commitment to the achievement of the desired outcomes.


    • Creating a learning organisation through continuous personnel development.


  • Providing efficient and effective services to all, consistently.