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The SKA will be the largest radio astronomy facility in history, and one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world.

What you didn’t know about the SKA is:

  • The data collected by the SKA in a single day would take nearly two million years to playback on an ipod.
  • The SKA will be so sensitive that it will be able to detect an airport radar on a planet tens of light years away.
  • The SKA central computer will have the processing power of about one hundred million PCs.
  • The dishes of the SKA will produce10 times the global internet traffic.
  • The SKA will use enough optical fibre to wrap twice around the Earth!
  • The aperture arrays in the SKA could produce more than 100 times the global internet traffic.

For more about the SKA you are invited to join Dr. Adrian Tiplady, site bid manager of the multi-nation Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope for a free public talk!

TIME: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
DATE: 6 August 2015
VENUE: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre | Newtown | Johannesburg
RSVP: Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Neo on 011 639 8448

About The Course

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.

Who Should Attend

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
Neo Sithole
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.  The following people have been appointed to serve on the new Council:

Dr Gerda Botha Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Stephanus Terblanche Pr.Sci.Nat.
Prof KA Nephawe Pr.Sci.Nat.
Mr Neale Baartjes Pr.Sci.Nat.
Prof George Bredenkamp Pr.Sci.Nat.
Prof Robin Crewe Pr.Sci.Nat.
Prof Brian Reilly Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Juanita van Heerden Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Jacqueline S Galpin Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Roelof Coetzer Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Irvy Gledhill Pri.Sci.Nat.
Mr Desmond Musetsho
Dr Monde Mayekiso
Mr Fhatuwani Ramagwede Pr.Sci.Nat.
Dr Phethiwe Matutu
Dr Philia Rixongile Vukea
Prof Mary Gulumian
Mr Poobalan Govender Pr.Sci.Nat
Dr Wendy Ngoma
Ms Thulisile Njapa Mashanda
Ms Petunia Masemola

Dear Colleagues,

“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources, the South African Council for Geoscience and the International Seabed Authority, will host an important and strategic seminar on the work of the Authority, at DIRCO Head Office, 17 – 19 March 2015.
The subject is: “Exploration and Exploitation of the Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area: Challenges for Africa, and Opportunities for Collaborative Research in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Atlantic Indian Ridge and the South-West Indian Ridge”. Since 2007, the Authority, in partnership with Government entities, has convened seminars in various regions of the world, including Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, Mexico, Jamaica (where the Authority is based) and in New York (at the United Nations).

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Pretoria - Government says it is determined to flush out public servants who misrepresent their academic qualifications.

"Government would, in partnership with the Quality Councils and South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) ensure that scrutiny and verification of qualifications are rigorously applied to protect the credibility, integrity and reputation of employers from people who possess fake qualifications,” said Acting DG of the Department of Communications, Donald Liphoko.

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Dear Colleagues,

This is to bring to your attention an innovation, science and technology entrepreneurial initiative, which you are free to share with relevant contacts.

The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative announces its annual Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. The GIST Tech-I Competition provides an opportunity to address economic growth and innovation priorities by encouraging young science and technology entrepreneurs to accelerate the success of their venture, connect with a global community of like-minded innovators, and showcase their ideas internationally. Thirty finalists will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Applications by young science and technology entrepreneurs are welcome through March 20, 2015 at 09:00 A.M. EDT. To apply, applicants should send an Executive Summary of their science or technology innovation along with a 90 second video explaining their idea or product/service to Application period closes March 20, 2015.

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SACNASP is continuing to support Bright Beginnings Daycare Centre with essentials that they require. This morning we took badly needed food that would feed 51 children for a month. In conjunction with supplying food we are also working with them to help them with their assessment by the Department of Social Development.


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.