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Ensuring Sustainability in African Agriculture

The African Agri Council would like to invite you to attend the African Sustainable Agriculture Summit taking place from the 6 – 7 April 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The African Sustainable Agriculture Summit 2016 is tailored to focus on driving sustainability and profit through technological innovation, infrastructure development and value chain financing in African agriculture. The recent drought crisis has raised further concerns and the agriculture community has to re-assess its effectiveness to adapt to changing environmental, social and economic pressures.

How to be involved?

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The African Sustainable Agriculture Summit brings together Africa’s agriculture industry and provides a platform for solutions, networking and business development. By sponsoring you will showcase your brand optimally and generate valuable brand awareness. To learn more about these opportunities contact the team.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get access to the continent’s decision makers and 2 days of high level strategic content around developing a sustainable industry in Africa, project funding, technological innovation, and more. Book before 29 February 2016 and save up to R1000. Register here or contact the team to find out more.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Join our expert panel and share your expertise, research, products or strategies with key stakeholders in the industry. Contact the team for more information.

PS: Do not miss this opportunity! Only 70 seats available!
Space available on a first come first served basis.

Book today

Registration, sales, conference and marketing contact details: Phone: +27 21 700 4300 | Fax: +27 21 702 4340

Sun City, South Africa, 1-3 March 2016

Still time to do it! Register before 19 February 2016, the closing date for online registrations.

Animal scientists earn 2.5 CPD points!

The 9th AFMA FORUM 2016, a triennial event, held from 1 to 3 March 2016 at Sun City, South Africa creates a platform where local role-players are informed of the latest international developments in the animal feed and nutrition industry.

Still time to do it!

As a reminder, online registration for AFMA Forum 2016 will close on 19 February 2016. On site registration is highly discouraged, but is available if necessary.

Accommodation limited!

Delegates who have not yet booked accommodation are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Accommodation can be booked at


In pursuit of Excellence in the Geosciences

The CGS will be showcasing, by means of a mini conference on 4–5 February 2016, the research and technical work that is currently being undertaken by its researchers. Although the CGS is mandated to cover the themes of Geoscience Mapping, Mineral Resources and Energy, Engineering and Geohazards and Environment and Water, the conference will focus mainly on the five national earth science projects awarded to it under Government’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework. These focus areas entail the projects on Shale Gas, Derelict and Ownerless Mines, Mine Water Management, Promotion of Investment in Exploration and Mining, and Seismic Microzonation of Johannesburg  and the KOSH area.

The conference, to be held at the International Convention Centre of the CSIR (Pretoria), includes some 30 oral and 25 poster presentations, exhibits of new maps produced for Namibia by the CGS and information on the achievements of the CGS Mapping School. The conference will also feature four keynote presenters; two on the topic of shale gas, one on mine water management and one on the future of mechanised mining in South Africa.

Unfortunately, the programme is jam-packed and no more presentations can be accepted. However, anybody is still welcome to attend.

More information is available at especially regarding registration and background on the keynote presenters. Should you encounter any problems, please email Dr Thinus Cloete at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Southern Africa Network for Biosciences
BioFISA II Programme Seed Projects
Call for Expressions of Interest
25 November 2015

Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/SFG001
Deadline for Submission: 1 February 2016
Deadline for short listing applicants: 19 February 2016

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research, development and an innovation platform aimed at addressing Southern Africa's challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative) and was officially launched in August 2005. The NEPAD SANBio Network was reconfigured in response to the 4 Pillars and 6 Priority Areas of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024 - a 10-year strategy which is part of the long-term African Union Agenda 2063). STISA-2024 envisages the accelerated transition of largely commodity-based African economies to innovation-led, knowledge-based economies. Such economies should be underpinned by robust science, technology and innovation (STI) systems​

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You are hereby invited to attend the Breakfast session to be held by

  • ICCSSA – Institute of Certificated and Chartered Statisticians of South Africa
  • CoE-MaSS – DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)
  • SASA/UP – The South African Statistical Association, and University of Pretoria
  • ORSSA – The Operations Research Society of South Africa, Pretoria Chapter

Date: Friday, 4 December 2015
Venue: Vidyo Room, 1st Floor, Mathematical Sciences Building, Wits West Campus [enter via Wits Gate # 9, Enoch Sontonga Avenue, Braamfontein]
Time: 09:30 – 10:30 Breakfast / Tea and snacks
10:30 – 11:30 Seminar, by Prof Alfred Stein

How to connect to this seminar remotely:

You can connect to this research seminar remotely from any PC/laptop/tablet/smartphone via Vidyo by clicking on this link: and downloading the Vidyo software before the seminar.

You must please join in the Vidyo virtual venue (called “CoE Seminar Room (Wits)” on Vidyo) strictly between 10h00-10h15. No latecomers will be added after 10h15.

9-11 March 2016, Premier Hotel, O R Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Implementing Mobility Assessments & Risk Aversion Strategies for Heavy Metals

AMC International proudly presents the Urban Soils & Heavy Metal Contamination conference scheduled for the  9th to 11th of March-2016 at the Premier Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

Recognising the impact of heavy metals on soils; this conference will help you in:

  • Understanding strategies for controlling heavy metal accumulation and deposition
  • Assessing emerging technologies used in the remediation of heavy metal accumulation in urban soils
  • Undertaking risk assessment and risk management for heavy metal contaminated soils
  • Applying international best practices in the remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals.

With a top notch speaker line up, this must -attend event will be an ideal platform for learning how to sustainably remediate soils that have been contaminated with heavy metals.

We look forward to your participation at this event which has already promised to be a great success. To immediately book your place at this conference, contact Eunice Sikaonga as soon as possible on tel.: +27 (0) 11 341 1000 or fax back the completed and signed registration herewith attached to +27 (0) 11 325 0048.


Over the past 21 years the GSSA has presented drilling courses to the southern African drilling industry aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of practicing geologist.  The courses have proven to be very popular, attracting delegates from most African countries and from as far afield as Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

The course includes a review of all common drilling methods as well as a detailed review of all aspects of diamond core drilling.

This programme is considered a pre-requisite for the Drill Site Safety Course presented by
Colin Rice Exploration & Training (Pty) Ltd.


The course is aimed at practicing professionals involved in all aspects of exploration drilling programmes as well as persons involved in surface and underground mining projects.

Questions will be encouraged throughout the course. Participants will receive printed course notes and a copy of “The Diamond Drilling Handbook” by Dr WF Heinz.

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RCA Conference Organisers
Tel +27 11 483 1861/2
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The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.