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GWD WCape Symposium: Groundwater and Drought

Event Date: 
02 Nov 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

Date: 2 November 2018, Friday

Time: 09h00 – 15h00

Venue: UWC

Cost: R500, Students R50


The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of our country, and especially in the Western, Eastern- and Northern Cape. As a result, we saw an accelerated development of groundwater resources. But do we really know what the impact of the ongoing drought has been on our groundwater resources? What data – if any - do we have to quantify this impact? In addition, we are gathering some new or additional data and information on our local groundwater resources as a result of intensive drilling and resource assessment and development projects.

Therefore, the symposium will consist of two (2) main sessions (after keynote speakers):


Do you have any time series data that depicts the impact of the current drought on groundwater resources? Real, number crunching evidence? Then you are invited to come and share it.


Based on recent/current results (i.e. geophysical investigations, drilling logs, groundwater properties), what new knowledge about groundwater systems in the provinces are we adding and what historical information has been confirmed/rebutted?

A short open discussion will conclude the day, tackling the term “sustainability”.

TIPS: Please come and share NEW knowledge and sound data series, not just speculation, or arguments with no data to verify it!

You are therefore invited to submit a half-page or one-slide abstract of your knowledge you are bursting to share with us by 21 September 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration and submission of abstracts will be facilitated by the GWD secretariat.

2018 Alex du Toit Lecture (GSSA)

Event Date: 
17 Jul 18:00 - 20:00
Event Description: 

2018 Alex du Toit Lecture - 17 July @ UJ Auditorium

The Fellows Committee of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) has the privilege of presenting the 2018 Alex du Toit Memorial lecture tour, in honour of one South Africa's most influential scientists. The lecture tour is staged every two years and is aimed at highlighting and comparing modern scientific endeavor to the achievements of Alex du Toit (1878 to 1948).

The 2018 Alex du Toit Lecturer is Professor Lewis D Ashwal of the University of the Witwatersrand, and he will present "Wandering continents of the Indian Ocean", documenting his work in the discovery of ancient continental crust underlying parts of the Indian Ocean. This work has been reported by the popular press, including international coverage by the BBC.

The lecture tour will kick off at 2018 GeoCongress at the opening function on July 17 at the University of Johannesburg.

Professor Ashwal's geological expertise covers a broad spectrum of the earth sciences, including igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and geodynamics. He is one of the few South African based experts on meteorites, and is an internationally recognized expert on the origins of anorthosite and related rocks. He has published 125 research papers and two books, and has won numerous awards. He has recently been awarded a major grant from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust to research Large Igneous Provinces in southern Africa. He has served as an Editor for the South African Journal of Geology since 1999.

  • 18:00 Welcome and opening
  • 18:30 Alex du Toit memorial lecture by Lew Ashwall
  • 19:15 Ice breaker function in foyer
Visit the conference website below.

8 Alex du Toit Lecture


Event Date: 
04 May 16:00
Event Description: 



Issuance Date: 25 April 2018






The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) is implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management in Member States. The project is financed through a US$8.20 million Grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a US$2.00 million Grant from the multi donor trust fund Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA). The Grant includes a small amount of USD2.2 Million that is intended to be given to institutions that belong to Member States to undertake infrastructure development related projects.

A Sub-Grant Manual has been developed to facilitate the management of the World Bank grant so that it operates in an environment that enhances inclusiveness, transparency and accountability and at the same time ensure that the funds are being expanded efficiently. The manual provides a brief explanation of the process involved at every stage of the grant and provides guidance to the Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute and the recipients of the funds including Focal groups and Steering committee.

RSA Focal Group, led by Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is assisting SADC-GMI in implementing this pilot project in South Africa. RSA Focal Group prepared this RFP in order to solicit proposals from eligible PSPs in South Africa in order to implement the project on behalf of SADC-GMI and RSA Focal Group. The total Grant for the implementation of the project is about R1.5 million. Anticipated project implementation period is 12 calendar months, ending on 30 June 2019.



Centralised drinking water systems serve millions of households around the world, as centralised water supply is generally considered the preferred or optimal water supply system, since it provides the most convenient service. However, in 2008, only 57% of the global population received its drinking water from a large-scale piped connection in the user’s dwelling, plot or yard. In developing regions, this percentage was only 49%, with a large disparity between urban (73% having access) and rural communities (31% having access) UNICEF WHO, 2011). In most cases the centralised systems often do not reach the poorest, or the most remote, population and quality and quantity of water provided are often unreliable due to poor operation and maintenance (Pain, 2017).

In South Africa, water and sanitation services are expected to be provided by the local or district municipalities. However, water and sanitation service delivery failures at municipal level are a widespread and fundamental problem. Poor communities are often receiving sub-standard basic services, and in many cases, no services at all whilst municipalities continue to be unable to address the service delivery backlogs. There is a general problem of poor governance at municipal level and a public perception that some municipalities do not have the human skills to provide a proper service to the poor and especially rural communities (De, 2009 and Jong 2009).

The lack of effective water and sanitation management and service delivery are contributing to human health risks posed by the inability to adequately protect the groundwater resources from contamination, and/or over-abstraction, further leading to system failures and community health problems.

There is a clear need for local communities to play an active role in ensuring that they can enjoy the services they are entitled to, and that groundwater resources are protected, kept clean and sustainable as surface water resources increasingly become unreliable. This will require increased participation by the community members in the development of appropriate groundwater supply schemes and subsequent operational management of the water schemes, and their protection. To achieve this, a decentralisation of water supply schemes in rural areas will be key. Decentralisation is a promising means of institutionalising and scaling up popular participation that makes sustainable sanitation and water management effective (Ribot, 2002), with associated appropriate protection of the groundwater resources. Decentralised water supply refers to the small scale systems which provide water to a community; this can include a source, storage, purification plant and a distribution system, as well as training and awareness of protecting the groundwater resource quality and sustainable use.

Decentralised water supply also offers the possibility to provide safe drinking water where centralised supply systems are not feasible due to technical, economic or institutional reasons. These systems can also be used to supplement the existing centralised water supply system, or replace failed centralised systems.


The main objectives to establish a demonstration decentralised groundwater water supply system capable of supplying a community where it is not feasible (economical and technical) to be supplied by regional centralised water supply system.

Community training and education must be provided to assist to demystify the science of borehole development (siting, drilling and testing) and protection of quality and sustainable yield, and thereby the involvement of community is the essence of the entire project.

It is believed that the involvement and participation of the community will infuse a sense of ownership amongst the community that will ensure long-term groundwater supply assurance.

This should be a programme where the appointed service provider and the community will work closely together to ensure the success of the programme. It is again believed that the greater the harmony between the service provider and community, the greater will be the chances of successful implementation and achievement of the goals of the project.

Close collaboration during the implementation of the programme will ensure that the developed water supply scheme does not remain the implementers programme (project) but is accepted by the community as a participatory groundwater supply scheme for the community.

The proposed decentralised groundwater supply programme can help meet the water demand in the community and further ensure that the community enjoy the services they are entitled to into the future.

Expected Outputs

The outputs of the programme will be in line with the deliverables stipulated in the SADC-GMI Sub-Grant Manual of 2017 and will include:

  • Groundwater Supply Scheme (source, storage and distribution system) for the community, and associated groundwater resource protection and assurance programme elements;
  • Scheme Operation and management (O&M) Manual;
  • Training of scheme operators, and participatory community training and collaboration throughout the life of the programme;
  • Water monitoring and sampling protocol, and associated groundwater resource protection and assurance programme elements;
  • Environmental and Social Management Plans and programmes and associated groundwater resource protection and assurance programme elements;
  • Risk Management Plan, and associated groundwater resource protection and assurance programme elements.


The ideal Consultants the SADC-GMI seeks are:

a)      Freelance Individual Consultants and Individual Consultants associated with consulting firms meeting the qualifications and experience listed under Required Experts.

b)      Able to demonstrate Hydrogeological experience in South Africa.

c)      Able to demonstrate technical and managerial capabilities in the field of assignment;

 The SADC-GMI, now invites eligible freelance individual Consultants associated with consulting firms to submit their proposals. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services as described under Core Tasks for which proposal is requested for.


The service provider is expected to put together a team of experienced and qualified professionals drawn from the fields listed below.

4.1.           Principal Researchers/Team Leaders

At least a Master’s degree in relevant water related discipline and 10years’ experience working in the groundwater field. At least 6years should have been in the field of groundwater governance research and development. Demonstrate team leadership on at least 3 similar research projects. The Team Leader should be fluent in English.

4.2.           Hydrogeologists/Geohydrologists

At least a Master’s degree in hydrogeology/geohydrology or related discipline and 8 years working experience in the groundwater field. Knowledge of key issues pertaining to the management of groundwater resources in national and transboundary aquifers the SADC region that include recharge, pollution and impacts of climate change and droughts. Should have participated in at least 2 projects where similar skills required for this assignment were applied. Demonstrates skills in application and interpretation of groundwater modelling and water quality models including the use of related software.

4.3.           Hydrologists/ Engineer

At least a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline (Civil/Water) or similar and about 10 years’ experience in the assessment of the hydrology of major rivers. Should have experience of at least two projects of a similar magnitude in Southern Africa. Proven experience in data analysis and interpretation using computer software models is essential. Fluency in English is mandatory.

4.4.           Institutional and Governance Officer

To ideally possess at least a Master’s degree in international development, institutional development, development studies or similar with at least 8years in institutional assessment and organisational development in the public sector/national government ministries, departments and agencies; and private sector. Familiarity with the regional integration and development agenda in the SADC region is essential, particularly in the groundwater sector through participation in at least 2 institutional assessment and development projects implemented in the SADC region. Experience with transboundary water courses governance structures and institutional strengthening is required.

4.5.           Environmental Officer

At least a Bachelor’s degree in environmental management, or other relevant discipline. At least 8years of post-graduate professional experience, of which at least 5 years shall be in the water sector. Team member in at least 3 projects in the field of water resources planning and management in the role of Environmental Specialist.

Demonstrated experience with application of relevant standard environmental policies and procedures such as those of the World Bank. Good understanding of World Bank social safeguard policies is preferred. Fluency in oral and written English.

4.6.           Documentation and Knowledge Management Officer

At least a Bachelor’s degree qualification for data collection, synthesis, documentation and reporting/ dissemination or similar. A cumulative working experience of at least 10 years in the documentation of lessons learnt and development of tools and materials for validation, advocacy and training of multi-sectoral stakeholder groups in the public and private sector. Demonstrated knowledge in the development of guidelines, tools and standards is essential. Fluency in English is mandatory, and working knowledge of French and Portuguese is desirable.

4.7.           Sociologists

At least a tertiary level qualification in the field of social studies incorporating human structures, cultures and behaviour and at least 8years working experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Experience working in the SADC region, an understanding of the community development and water resources dynamics in these countries is a distinct advantage. Previous working experience as a team member on at least 3 similar assignments in the role of Sociologist is essential. Specific experience in the water sector, particularly in transboundary river/aquifer systems is invaluable. Fluency in English is mandatory, and working knowledge of French and Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of local languages from the project area is desirable.

4.8.           Other Experts

Other experts and support staff as required according to the deemed requirements. Communications expert, Information Management System expert, Water quality experts, Modellers, Hydro-Geophysicists etc.


PSPs must familiarise themselves with the SADC-GMI Sub-Grant Manual of 2017, which guides the disbursement modalities of this grant, before developing their full proposals. The manual is attached to this RFP for easy reference. PSPs are requested to make sure that proposals cover the following items, amongst others

  • Background of the work and objectives
  • Background of the area of implementation and motivation for suitability (PSP to provide proof of consultation with relevant institutions such as Community leadership, Local Municipality or traditional leader)
  • Details of the Technical Approach (Methodology) to the implementation of the project
  • Details of Tasks to be performed
  • List of deliverables
  • Detailed Work-Breakdown schedule
  • Capacity to Execute the project (Experience, Staff, Equipment, etc)
  • Financial breakdown of costs (Financial proposal)
  • Capacity Building and Job creation
  • CVs of Key Project Team Members
  • ·         Environmental social impacts and management plan
  • ·         Project Results/Scheme Uptake arrangements/ Mechanisms
  • ·         Operational risk management
  • ·         Project partners


Interested Service Providers are requested to submit their proposals to SADC-GMI on or before 04th May 2018 @16h00.

The SADC-GMI and RSA Focal Group led by DWS will review the submissions in the stages shown below:

Stage 1:     Documentation submitted in response to this RFP:  If such documentation meets the requirements listed under ELIGIBILITY, the Consultant will progress to Step 2.

Stage 2:     This may include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Reference checks;
  • Requests for additional information;
  • Letter of approval from the municipality to work in the community

Stage 3:    Informing the consultant of the outcome of evaluation.

 Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours i.e. 08:00 am-4:00pm, Monday –Friday

 Proposals must be submitted by email to SADC-GMI by 16:00 (Pretoria Time) on the 04 May 2018.

 Relevant Contact details for submission and technical queries are listed below:

For Submissions and Procurement Queries Only

SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI)

IGS Building Dean Street University of the Free State

205 Nelson Mandela Drive

Bloemfontein, South Africa


Contact Person: Mr Thokozani Dlamini

Tel: +27 51 401 7722

Mobile: +27 82 990 4308

E-mail: Thokozani [at] sadc-gmi [dot] org


 For Technical Queries Only

 Focal Point: Department of Water and Sanitation (RSA)

P/Bag X313, Pretoria, 0001

 On behalf of

 South Africa Groundwater Focal Group

 Contact Person: Mr Khangweleni Fortress Netili

Telephone 012 336 8491

Mobile:  +27 84 433 9583

E-mail address: netilik [at] dwa [dot] gov [dot] za



SADC-GMI 1st Annual Groundwater Conference 2018

Event Date: 
26 Sep 08:00 - 28 Sep 16:00
Event Description: 

Cemeteries Roadshow - WESTERN CAPE

Event Date: 
29 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Investigation for cemeteries has received very little attention.  Risks are not negligible and may, in certain instances, be significant, affecting human and environmental health and safety.  New findings are presented together with case studies to contribute to the risk assessment for new cemetery sites, and to the monitoring and management of existing cemeteries.  The work forms part of a Water Research Commission project on the hydrological and geotechnical impacts of interments. 

Presenter: Dr Matthys Dippenaar (PhD PrSciNat)
Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Geology Department, University of Pretoria

The talk will cover the following topics:
Risks posed by interment (burial)   |   Hydraulics, geotechnics and water quality considerations   |   Social
considerations   |   New findings emanating from the completed project on risks posed by cemeteries   |  
Contributions to the hydrogeological and engineering geological assessment for new sites   |   Additional
and cross-disciplinary considerations for the investigation, monitoring and management of cemeteries   |  
Case studies
SACNASP CPD (3 hours) and is aimed at engineering geologists, hydrogeologists and environmental

Tue 29 May


University of the Western Cape
Life Sciences Building  SEM 1A.

Queries to:
nelmarlese [at] gmail [dot] com


Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda on info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 GWD/GSSA/IAH members / R100 non-members). These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - GAUTENG

Event Date: 
16 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Wed 16 May


GAUTENG:  University of Pretoria, Lombaard Hall, Mineral Sciences Building

info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za

Investigation for cemeteries has received very little attention.  Risks are not negligible and may, in certain instances, be significant, affecting human and environmental health and safety.  New findings are presented together with case studies to contribute to the risk assessment for new cemetery sites, and to the monitoring and management of existing cemeteries.  The work forms part of a Water Research Commission project on the hydrological and geotechnical impacts of interments. 

Presenter: Dr Matthys Dippenaar (PhD PrSciNat)
Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Geology Department, University of Pretoria

The talk will cover the following topics:
Risks posed by interment (burial)   |   Hydraulics, geotechnics and water quality considerations   |   Social
considerations   |   New findings emanating from the completed project on risks posed by cemeteries   |  
Contributions to the hydrogeological and engineering geological assessment for new sites   |   Additional
and cross-disciplinary considerations for the investigation, monitoring and management of cemeteries   |  
Case studies
SACNASP CPD (3 hours) and is aimed at engineering geologists, hydrogeologists and environmental

Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda oninfo [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: Re%3A%20Cemetaries%20Roadshow%20-%20GAUTENG%20) ( )info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 members / R100 non-members) - refer more details on the flier above. These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - KZN

Event Date: 
09 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

For KZN bookings, please find attached the registration documents and for any queries, kindly contact yvelinedebruin [at] gmail [dot] com

Professional Borehole Drilling Supervision (SADC-GMI, IGS, AGW-Net)

Event Date: 
23 Apr 08:00 - 27 Apr 16:00
Event Description: 




Rural communities throughout SADC rely on groundwater for a potable water supply, while in urban areas, groundwater has become the principal source of water for many urban residents due to failure by municipalities to supply water to residents. As a result, groundwater development has increased and borehole drilling has grown exponentially in recent years, with the demand for, and the cost of boreholes escalating considerably.  The construction quality and the life-span of these newly developed boreholes appears to be declining dramatically. Therefore the improvement in drilling capability and borehole completion is of value across the entire region.

However, challenges including poor service, poor borehole drilling practices, and the use of cheap and inferior materials for pumps and down-hole components and lack of supervision all result in poorly drilled and improperly equipped boreholes. The end result is that these boreholes tend to have a very limited lifespan, often less than 5 years, before they fail entirely, either by collapsing, silting up or drying out. The costs of such failures, both human and financial, are enormous and unsustainable.

The root causes for the increasing numbers of these poor boreholes are numerous limitations at both individual and institutional levels in context of the growth in demand cited above. These inadequacies are to a large extent related to limited technical and vocational capacity; 

  • to effectively locate adequate groundwater resources  “short course 1”
  • to professionally supervise borehole drilling, casing, capacity testing, pump fitting and data collection to ensure that adequate quality boreholes are installed “short course 2”
  • to appreciate hydrogeological factors and to understand catchment water balances and the concept of sustainable groundwater yield  “short course 3”
  • to drill, install, operate, and to maintain borehole hardware and equipment “short course 4”
  • to source and purchase appropriate borehole components and materials “short course 5”

In light of the foregoing, the SADC-GMI, Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-NET), Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) and WaterNet “the Consortium of Organisers”, will be offering short course 2 entitled “Professional Borehole Drilling” at the IGS, University of Free State, South Africa. The course is part of a five module programme (Short Courses 1 to 5) to be offered by the Consortium of Organisers. 

Training objectives

The broad objective of the course is to: Develop skills and knowledge of key professionals to supervise borehole drilling, properly document the process and solving onsite problems during the construction of boreholes. 


The course comprises one day of classroom (theoretical work), followed by three days on site during a drilling operation and one classroom day to synthesize the knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will;

  1. Understand the importance of effective supervision in borehole construction for sustainability
  2. Understand the steps and detailed actions required in full time borehole supervision
  3. Understand the steps and detailed actions required in part time milestone borehole supervision
  4. Be able to quality assure and certify drilling records
  5. Be in a position to undertake borehole supervision construction

Target group

The course will take a Training of Trainers (ToT) Model.  The training targets the following categories of professionals: 

  • National, regional and district level managers/supervisors managing drilling projects
  • Supervisors/Managers of private drilling companies
  • Consultants who supervise borehole construction
  • Recent Hydrogeology/Geology/Water Engineering Related Graduates who seek to acquire field experience 
  • Educators, Trainers and Lecturers who can incorporate borehole construction in their curriculum 

Course Content

The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Geology and Groundwater Occurrence
  • Understanding basic aspects of groundwater
  • Principles of Borehole Supervision 
  • On-site Supervision – Drilling preparation-Meetings with community, Drill rig set-up, site safety, inspection of material to be used for construction, depth monitoring, drill fluid, sampling, final depth determination, and supervisor’s checklist
  • On site supervision – Drilling-Lithology sampling/logging, penetration rates, Identification of water strikes and aquifer, Blow yields, Borehole design, casing and screen selection and installation, gravel packing and borehole development
  • On-site supervision – Borehole development, sanitary seal, borehole completion, borehole disinfection and pad construction, Practical demonstration of pumping test and sample collection for water quality testing
  • Supervision: Drilling documentation, check list, reporting and handing over


The training is a collaborative effort between SADC-GMI, WATERNET, AGW-NET and IGS. 


The training will be facilitated by; 

  • Professor Danie Vermeulen of the IGS 
  • Dr. Modreck Gomo of the IGS
  • Dr. Richard Owen of the AGW-Net 


Participants will be expected to self-fund their participation or be funded by their respective institutions. The registration fee for self-funding participants is USD450.  Partial funding maybe available and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 


Applicants should send their curriculum vitae along with a completed application form to the organisers.

Applications should be sent to training [at] sadc-gmi [dot] org. The subject line of the email should be “Professional Borehole Drilling Supervision”.

The deadline for receiving applications is the 30th of March 2018.   Successful applicants will be notified by the 6th of April 2018.

Dolomite 2018

Event Date: 
04 Jun 08:00 - 06 Jun 16:00
Event Description: 


*new: Provisional Program (verApril2018)

Print this Programme Outline

Resilience to geological and hydrological hazards in dolomitic terrains is increasingly affected by climate change, rapid urbanisation and unforeseen implications of development during and after construction.  The influences of the bedrock properties, karst development, hydrology and proposed development all affect the potential risk posed by the development.

Dolomite and karst research has a long history with the University of Pretoria.  Now, with the partnership of the relevant societies for geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology and engineering geology, new advances, technologies and techniques can be showcased to a wide range of interdisciplinary professionals working in dolomitic terrains.  Focusing on urban environments and anthropogenic change, the interrelationship between proper understanding of subsurface water, geotechnical properties and resultant behaviour, and mitigation and engineering solutions are highlighted.

Following on the 2014 dolomite seminar, this seminar highlights developments in the past years, new directions of thought, and a new paradigm for our ability to safely and optimally utilise both the dolomite land and dolomite water resources, while being able to mitigate risk, monitor change, and effect remediation diligently.

With presentations focusing on building on the status quo, the seminar programme covers:

  • • Context, status-quo, risks and remediation of dolomitic land (Day 1)
  • • Legislation, governance and management, including the update of SANS 1936 (Day 1)
  • • Hydrogeological, engineering geological and geotechnical advances (Day 2)
  • • Field visits and karst dialogue (facilitated panel) (Day 3)

Continuous Professional Development: ECSA and SACNASP CPD accreditation, 1 CPD per day attendance

Queries?  Yolandé van den Berg,info [at] selahproductions [dot] co [dot] za (subject: Dolomite%20Seminar%202018%20-%20Query) ( info [at] selahproductions [dot] co [dot] za)

Please view attached the following documents:

  1. Sponsorship Options

  2. Floorplan

  3. Exhibitor Invitation & Booking Form

  4. Delegate Registration Form



GeoCongress (GSSA)

Event Date: 
18 Jul 08:00 - 20 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

Geocongress 2018 Student Funding – Call for Applications


A major aim of Geocongress 2018 is to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a national conference, attend scientific sessions across a range of disciplines, and network with prominent researchers in their field. Every effort has been made to keep registration costs for the conference as low as possible, but we understand that there are additional costs that may prohibit attendance.

We are happy to announce that the Student Support Subcommittee of Geocongress 2018 will provide financial assistance to deserving postgraduate students to attend the conference, based on the outcome of a competitive application process.


Read more about the Call for applications student support funding here

To be eligible for financial support, you need to be a full-time Honours, MSc or PhD student registered for the 2018 academic year at a tertiary institution in South Africa or one of its neighbouring countries. You also need to be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at the Geocongress. You are not eligible if you have funding dedicated to attending the Geocongress from another source.

To be considered, candidates need to submit their applications to Geocongress2018students [at] gmail [dot] com by no later than 13 April 2018.

For more information on the application process, and supporting documents needed, please click on the link below;

Call for sessions

Geocongress 2018 of the Geological Society of South Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 18 to 20 July 2018. In order to ensure a vibrant scientific program, we hereby invite proposals for sessions. The session organiser will be expected to promote his or her session, select contributions for oral or poster presentations and determine the order of presentations. During the congress, the session organiser(s) will act as session chairs and ensure the smooth running of their session.

To propose a session, please send an email to geocongress2018 [at] gmail [dot] com with the following information:
1. The title of the session
2. The name, affiliation and e-mail address(es) of the proposer(s)
3. A description of the topic of the session (not exceeding 100 words)

The deadline for session proposals is the end of January 2018. Notifications of acceptance of sessions will be sent out by mid-February.

Please get involved, promote your research interests and ensure that Geocongress meets international scientific standards!

On behalf of the organising committee,

Marlina Elburg
Bertus Smith

Conference Secretariat

Scatterlings Conferences and Events
Charne Millett-Clay: +27(0)11 463 5085 • charne [at] soafrica [dot] com


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