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SACNASP requests urgent help from individual experts/scientists to be nominated as members of the evaluating team in the field of ecological science for confirmation of skills, qualifications and experience of the applicants for critical skills visa.


  • Needs to be registered with SACNASP as Professional Natural Scientist for at least 5 years
  • At least 8 years’ work experience in the relevant field

The experts will be remunerated for their time and effort in doing these assessments the time required is a maximum of 4 hours a month.  Please send an email  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your registration details and a brief resume.

TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labeled Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students are able to concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics. Specialization is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, on faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat and manage biodiversity data and databases (bio-geographical, genetic, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethno-botany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.


The call for 2016-2017 (with scholarships) is now open until 29 November 2015. Detailed information on TROPIMUNDO facts, conditions, procedures, deadlines, etc... is available in the online Information and Application Module.

Click here to get your personal link to the online Information and Application Module.

11 November 2015

Wits Club

R30 Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments

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The Geological Society of South Africa
5 Hollard Street, Marshalltown, 2107
011 492 3370
011 492 3371 (fax)
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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

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

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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For More Information Please Contact

RCA Conference Organisers
Neo Sithole
Tel +27 11 483 1861/2
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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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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.