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The CGS partners with international stakeholders to implement the bilateral agreement and implement a project on “Drilling into Seismogenic zones of the M2.0-5.5 earthquakes in South African gold mines”.

DSC 0735On Friday 17 February 2017, the Acting CEO of the CGS, Mr Mosa Mabuza hosted Professor Hiroshi Ogasawara from Ritsumeikan University, Japan. The purpose of this meeting was in furtherance of the collaborative agreement between the Ritsumeikan University, the CGS and the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP), especially within the context of the MoU recently signed between the DMR and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) at the 2017 Mining Indaba.

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Statement on Thyspunt Seismic Hazard Assesment - A Council for Geoscience perspective

9 December 2016

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is the custodian of South Africa's geoscience data. According to the Geoscience Act (Act 100 of 1993), the CGS is mandated to collect and curate all geoscience data and knowledge in the South African National Geoscience Repository, promote research and the extension of knowledge in the field of geoscience and render specialized geoscientific services to enable informed and scientifically sound decisions on the use of the earth’s surface and resources within the territory of South Africa.

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South African Mineral Reporting Codes

SAMCODES


The SAMCODES, the South African Mineral Reporting Codes, set out the minimum standards, recommendations and guidelines for the Public Reporting of mineral related issues in South Africa. They currently comprise three Codes, two Guideline documents and an affiliated National Standard:

a. SAMREC: The South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
b. SAMVAL: The South African Code for the Reporting of Mineral Asset Valuation
c. SAMOG: The South African Code for the Reporting of Oil and Gas Resources
d. Commodity, or subject, specific guidelines/standards:
i. SAMESG Guideline: The South African Guideline for the Reporting of Environmental, Social and Governance parameters within the mining and oil and gas industries
ii. SAMREC Diamond Guidelines: SAMREC Guideline Document for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results, Diamond Resources and Diamond Reserves (and other Gemstones, where Relevant)

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Minister Zwane announces CGS’ 10 year high intensity mapping programme at the Mining Indaba 2017

The Mining Indaba commenced on the 6th of February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Minister of Mineral Resources, His Excellency Mr Mosebenzi Zwane delivered the keynote address where he began by commemorating 150 years since the discovery of alluvial Eureka diamond in the Northern Cape. The twin discovery of diamonds and gold spurred the establishment of modern mining and our economy at large. He furthered went on to express appreciation and gratitude to the organizing committee and participants of the 35th International Geological Congress (35th IGC) for delivering such a successful and memorable Congress. The 35th IGC aided in generating interest on the prospectivity for mineral and upstream petroleum resources in South Africa through the application of new techniques in mapping. The highlight of the Minister Zwane’s address was the announcement of a high intensity, integrated and multidisciplinary 10-year mapping programme at a scale of one in fifty thousand [1:50 000] nationwide. The programme will be a great platform in rebuilding and protecting the rich and unique geological heritage of South Africa. This will also be an incredible opportunity for the various competencies within the CGS to work as a collective in addressing grand challenges in South Africa and moving forward the interest of ordinary South Africans. The management of the CGS and its competencies give full support to this revitalised mapping programme which will for the greater part be aligned to the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and Presidential 9-point plan.

 

 

Report on unusual ground fire at Sehlakwane, Sekhukhuneland

by: P.J.A. Bosch, N. Moabi and S. Makubalo

1: Introduction

A report on a possible hazardous underground fire at Sehlakwane (see attachment) was received by the Council for Geoscience on 28 July 2016.

On receiving the details of the report, P. Bosch, N. Moabi and S. Makubalo decided to investigate the occurrence. The immediate thoughts on the details provided were that the area was or is underlain by naturally occurring peat and that it is possible that this peat has dried out due to the prolonged heat and drought. It is therefore possible that the peat may have caught fire. The extension of this possible peatland is not known and it might be that it extends into occupied property within the area. It was decided to investigate the area as soon as possible to determine whether in fact it is peat burning and if it is of concern that it might extend to occupied property. The following preliminary actions were proposed: A trench or trenches should be excavated in the vicinity (with safety as a concern) of the area that is burning to establish the nature of the material that is burning.

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The CGS Field School celebrates 10 years with a bang

The Council for Geoscience Field School celebrated its ten year anniversary with the successful completion of the 2015 field mapping training programme. The growth and transformation of the field school programme over the decade has been significant. Initially, the field school was designed as a two-year programme linked to the Annual Technical Programme targeting mostly recently employed geoscientists. These scientists would spend their time at the Limpopo regional office benefitting educationally from the vast economic mineral deposits of the province (for example gold, platinum and copper) and the highly complex, high-grade tectonometamorphic terrane, the Limpopo Belt. During this time, the field school participants would work on map compilations and the writing of complementary map explanations. This work was undertaken in addition to courses on microscopy, GIS and 4x4 driving, all of which would provide the participants with the vital knowledge and skills needed to ensure a successful start to their careers.

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Organisation of African Geological Surveys handover ceremony

On Sunday, 5 February 2017, the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) hosted its Executive Committee handover ceremony. The OAGS consists of 37 active member countries. The Executive Committee is elected to office every three years. The outgoing Executive Committee consisted of the Presidency which was held by Namibia, the first Vice-Presidency which was held by Mozambique and the second Vice-Presidency by Niger. The elected Committee consists of the Presidency held by Nigeria and the regional Vice-Presidency which consists of:

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Launch of a geological mapping programme in Malawi

The project will produce updated countrywide geological map coverage.

A consortium of three geological survey organizations - BRGM, GTK and CGS - and the State of Malawi are signing an agreement for a countrywide geological mapping and mineral assessment programme.

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Investigating the origin of alluvial diamonds in the North West Province

As part of a countrywide incentive driven by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to advance and support mining in South Africa, the Council for Geoscience has proposed several projects to investigate the mineral potential of specific minerals and the general mineral potential of various target areas in an attempt to promote sustainable mining and exploration. In 2015, the CGS launched a number of DMR-funded projects, including an investigation of the mining potential of the alluvial diamond fields in the North West Province using high-resolution geophysical surveys, remote sensing data and field mapping. The project focusses on mapping and associated research to determine the origin, character, transportation, distribution and trapping of diamonds in alluvial gravel. The results from these investigations will empower the Council for Geoscience to provide informed suggestions to the local communities and miners enabling them to perform cost-effective and sustainable mining and to propose exploration methods and targets for future mining.

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Visit by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to the Council for Geoscience

On Thursday, the 12th of January 2017, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) was honoured by a visit of the Minister of Mineral Resources, Honourable Mr Mosebenzi Zwane (MP), accompanied by the Director-General, Mr David Msiza, and his delegation to the head office in Pretoria. The Acting CEO of the CGS, Mr Mosa Mabuza, welcomed the ministerial delegation and Executive Management in the auditorium and called upon Mr Msiza to introduce the Minister to the CGS employees.

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