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The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has on Monday the 19th of June 2017 handed over geological maps to the Saldanha Bay Municipality. This, as the CGS is currently embarking on an intensive, integrated and multidisciplinary 10 year geological mapping programme that will see the country mapped at a scale of 1:50 000. The announcement was made early this February at the Mining Indaba by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane. Accordingly, this sets the tone for the CGS as it begins to integrate the pockets of geological information that exist, as stipulated in its plan of action of the 10 year mapping programme. The map sheets, which cover the Vredenburg, Velddrif and Saldanha areas, were compiled as part of the 1:50 000 scale map series, based on aerial photographic and field mapping that was completed some years ago  led by a former employee of the CGS and now retired geologist Dr Peter Siegfried, and Dr Dave Roberts (deceased). The cartographic work was undertaken by Ms Elmi Pretorius (also former employee) and others at the CGS Head Office. Prior to the actual handover, Dr Siegfried painstakingly explained the geology of the areas covered by the maps. The maps accompanied by a sheet explanation sheet that provides a description of the geological units and their history of formation, were handed over to the Executive Mayor of the Saldanha Bay Municipality, Councilor Marius Koen.

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Sustainable and radical economic transformation of the mining industry will be achieved only once all South Africans share in the wealth beneath our soil.

ADDRESS BY THE MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES, HONOURABLE MOSEBENZI J. ZWANE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE BUDGET VOTE 29: MINERAL RESOURCES, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, CAPE TOWN, 16TH MAY 2017 Honourable Chairperson of the House Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Cde Godfrey Oliphant Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources The Whip of the ANC Study Group on Mineral Resources, iNkosi Mandela Honourable Members Distinguished guests Members of the media Ladies and gentlemen

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On Monday evening of the 3rd April 2017 at exactly 19:40, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, whose impact reverberated across South Africa has since had its epicenter located near the Kalahari Game reserve in Botswana (location coordinates -22.470 and 25.040). A network of seismic stations installed in South Africa and several neighbouring countries enabled a speedy and seamless affirmation of the epicenter.

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