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The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has today announced that its data management portal has gone live. The announcement comes after its CEO, Mr Mosa Mabuza participated in the Annual Junior Indaba conference which was held virtually. The CGS has been hard at work to ensure that it makes quality geoscience data and information accessible and available to all stakeholders. The organisation began the process with the finalisation of the data and information policy which was approved by its Board. The policy was drafted to provide guidelines on the modalities of releasing the data. Following this, there was a review of the pricing guidelines for data and information. Through the guidelines, the cost of data and information was updated to ensure that the prices are not only current but affordable to the various categories of stakeholders and the public. The Pricing guidelines then necessitated the development of a Data and Information Catalogue which outlines the different categories of maps and databases available at either a cost or no cost. 
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In the published amended regulations of the National Disaster Management Act of 2002 on 16 April 2020, Section 11K (3) stipulates that “the monitoring and impact of seismicity through the Council for Geoscience must be intensified with immediate effect.

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) welcomes the responsibility bequeathed by the State authorities and affirms its readiness to fulfil this obligation in accordance with its legislative mandate and in collaboration with key protagonists in implementation of regulations.  The CGS maintains a national network of seismic stations across the length and breadth of the country and has a track record of recording and analysing seismology information for over a century. In giving effect to the resolution, the CGS will work together with a number of expert institutions including, albeit not limited to: the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), The CSIR, the Minerals Council, the South African National Institute of Rock Engineers and the Institute of Mine Seismology.

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