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Geoscience Mapping

Geoscience mapping is a core function of the Council for Geoscience and forms the basis from which products and services that are of value to the stakeholders and clients are derived. It embodies the primary expertise of the Council for Geoscience and consists of several types of mapping, such as geological, geotechnical, geochemical, geophysical, seismological and marine geoscience mapping. The main aim of the Geosciences Mapping Function is to provide world-class (leading) geoscience solutions to stakeholders and customers to enhance the prosperity and sustainability of the resources of the country and the safety of its citizens.

Systematic geoscience reconnaissance mapping of the country on appropriate scales for national development has been conducted on land and in offshore areas within the territorial boundaries of South Africa. The information gathered feeds into the solutions provided by the Mineral and Energy Resources Function in the identification of potential and/or economic mineral deposits and energy resources, including geothermal energy and other natural energy resources such as coal, petroleum, natural gas and shale gas. Similarly, it will feed into the solutions provided by the Environmental and Water Function in the mitigation or avoidance of environmental geohazards, and with water resource assessments and protection. This includes the provision of adequate quantities of water to communities, industry and agriculture, and monitoring the use of water. Assistance to the Engineering Geoscience and Geohazards Function pertains to safe and sustainable human settlement and infrastructure development. All these support the Economy and Employment, Economic Infrastructure, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience and Inclusive Rural Economy focus areas of the NDP 2030.