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Statement on the passing of Mr Smunda Mokoena

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) mourns the sudden passing of its board member Mr Smunda Mokoena who sadly passed away on Thursday, 17 March 2022. Mr Mokoena who was appointed to the CGS board on 1 May 2020, also served on its Technical and Finance Committees until his passing. He was also the Board Chairperson of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Mokoena’s passing is a grave loss to the public sector, mining and energy industries.

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Statement on the passing of Prof Morris Vilojen

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has learnt with sadness of the recent passing of Professor Morris Viljoen. Professor Viljoen had a successful career spanning over 60 years both as an academic and as a geologist working in the mining industry. He and his twin brother Professor Richard Viljoen are renowned for their extensive mapping of the Barbeton Greenstone Belt in Mpumalanga and their immense contribution to the geoscience field.

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THE CGS’ STATE OF READINESS TO COLLABORATE AND IMPLEMENT RELEVANT PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE RECENT AMENDMENT OF THE NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT REGULATIONS

In the published amended regulations of the National Disaster Management Act of 2002 on 16 April 2020, Section 11K (3) stipulates that “the monitoring and impact of seismicity through the Council for Geoscience must be intensified with immediate effect.

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) welcomes the responsibility bequeathed by the State authorities and affirms its readiness to fulfil this obligation in accordance with its legislative mandate and in collaboration with key protagonists in implementation of regulations.  The CGS maintains a national network of seismic stations across the length and breadth of the country and has a track record of recording and analysing seismology information for over a century. In giving effect to the resolution, the CGS will work together with a number of expert institutions including, albeit not limited to: the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), The CSIR, the Minerals Council, the South African National Institute of Rock Engineers and the Institute of Mine Seismology.

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The CGS’s presentation at the North West Mining Investment Conference in Rustenburg

The CEO of the Council for Geoscience, Mr Mosa Mabuza gave a presentation on 25 January 2022 at the North West Mining Investment Conference coordinated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in Rustenburg. Mr Mabuza presented on the mineralisation potential and new investment opportunities in the North West. 

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THE COUNCIL FOR GEOSCIENCE’S DATA PORTAL GOES LIVE

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has today announced that its data management portal has gone live. The announcement comes after its CEO, Mr Mosa Mabuza participated in the Annual Junior Indaba conference which was held virtually. The CGS has been hard at work to ensure that it makes quality geoscience data and information accessible and available to all stakeholders. The organisation began the process with the finalisation of the data and information policy which was approved by its Board. The policy was drafted to provide guidelines on the modalities of releasing the data. Following this, there was a review of the pricing guidelines for data and information. Through the guidelines, the cost of data and information was updated to ensure that the prices are not only current but affordable to the various categories of stakeholders and the public. The Pricing guidelines then necessitated the development of a Data and Information Catalogue which outlines the different categories of maps and databases available at either a cost or no cost. 
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THE COUNCIL FOR GEOSCIENCE MOURNS THE PASSING OF PROF. MAARTEN DE WIT

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) mourns the passing of Professor Maarten de Wit, an internationally acclaimed geoscientist who worked over several decades in numerous fields, including the evolution of the early Earth; Earth system processes and science transdisciplinarity. Professor de Wit’s passion, commitment to geoscience education and development led him to occupy various prominent positions at research institutions around the world and the supervision of several hundred Master’s and Doctoral graduates. His contribution toward the body of geoscience knowledge and understanding of the Earth is unrivalled and has assisted in the characterisation of numerous critical Earth processes and the development of applied geoscience solutions, especially on the African continent.

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THE COUNCIL FOR GEOSCIENCE LAUNCHES THE R/V NKOSI SURVEY BOAT

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has today officially launched its survey boat known as the R/V (Research Vessel) Nkosi. The boat was acquired to augment the CGS’ marine geoscience programme which aims to map the South African continental shelf in the highest resolution based on modern technology, at various depth scales. The R/V Nkosi enables for mapping up to a distance of 28 km offshore and/or a depth of 100 m, within the limits of the equipment mounted on-board.

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Media Statement: Recent comments of the "Boere Krisis Aksie" on social media

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has observed with concern the accusatory statements made by the Boere Krisis Aksie on 20 February 2020 via social media. We accordingly place on record that the statement was issued without consultation with the management of the CGS to address the purported concerns. We have further resolved to thoroughly investigate these allegations, in collaboration with the Law enforcement Authorities, and intend to engage all affected and interested stakeholders upon conclusion of the same within a period not exceeding a month. The reports from these comprehensive investigations will also direct the necessary actions to be duly considered in pursuit of justice.

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LAUNCH OF THE REGIONAL AIRBORNE GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY FOR GEOSCIENCE MAPPING

The Kingdom of Eswatini recognises the importance of geoscience in economic development and it is for this purpose that the investment has been made in the collection of high resolution geophysical data that will initially cover the north-western sector of the country. The Geological Survey Department (GSD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Eswatini, in collaboration with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) of South Africa, has commissioned the survey that will aim to map mineral potential and ground water resources among other things.

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