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



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.

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


CBSS Training Workshop, Cape Town (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
12 Sep 08:00 - 14 Sep 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague


On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:





Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017


Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/


Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.


Yours in sustainability


Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate


on behalf of



 14 June 2017

CBSS Training Workshop, Pretoria (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
15 Aug 08:00 - 17 Aug 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague


On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:





Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017


Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/


Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.


Yours in sustainability


Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate


on behalf of



 14 June 2017

WISA 2018 Conference and Exhibition “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas”

Event Date: 
24 Jun 08:00 - 27 Jun 16:00
Event Description: 

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) invites you to attend the WISA biennial conference and exhibition 2018, which will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from 24 to 27 June 2018.

The central theme of “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas” seeks to address past, existing and future water resource challenges by promoting collaboration, cooperation and integration within the water sector. The Southern African region faces increased uncertainty and vulnerability regarding water supply. The following thematic areas for the conference seek to promote, inspire and demonstrate the value of working beyond existing mandates and perceived restrictions. While an emphasis is placed on Southern African case studies and research, international examples applicable to the Southern African context are welcome.


Thematic Areas for Conference 
The context of each thematic area is described in further detail highlighting discussion topics, with some guiding questions. This description is merely to serve as a guide, coupled with key words to assist with the submission of relevant abstracts under each of the thematic areas linked to the central theme of the conference.
For more information :  http://www.wisa2018.org.za/call-for-abstracts/ 


Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference (ASSAf)

Event Date: 
19 Jul 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

Young Scientists’ Conference

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Jointly hosted by the: Department of Science and Technology;  Academy of Science of South Africa South African Young Academy of Science; The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub- Saharan Africa; Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing; World -South Africa Chapter National Research Foundation

Date: 19 July 2017

Theme: Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice

Venue: Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg, Johannesburg

1. Introduction

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 19 July 2017.

ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in this conference. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the area of harnessing the demographic dividend through investments made in young scientists.

Evidence-based science advice in support of policy development is an area receiving much attention as governments are faced with addressing many challenges that are science-based. This conference will explore the role that young scientists can play in bridging the divide between science and policy.


Young scientists represent the future of a country’s Science and Technology development and their inclusion and capacitation from an early stage in the processes that build a country’s system of innovation and policy is critical. They are recognised as providing the pool for the next generation of distinguished scholars. As the latter participate in conferences and joint research and exchange programmes, they get the chance to think through and beyond science to its applications in solving some of the biggest global problems of our time for society’s benefit.

Funding challenges however stunt the development of young scientists and early career researchers especially on the African continent, where few learning opportunities provided for joint learning exist. It is therefore important to empower young researchers to organise and lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision-making evidence-based and to strive for inclusive outcomes.

In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.

A further policy document by the African Union (AU) – the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), underpins science, technology and innovation as multi-function tools and enablers for achieving continental development goals. In pursuing this vision, the AU emphasises the importance of “building our universities as centres for excellence” and a further call for Africa to “harvest its population demographic dividend, especially women and youth, whose energy, creativity and courage must drive its development agenda”.

This conference will aim to engage young scientists on the importance of their increased participation in science advice in support of policy development, discuss barriers to

effective  engagement  and  the  use  and  adoption  of  scientific  knowledge  and  its application in technological innovations is responding to developmental challenges.

3.Conference Themes

The conference will focus on the three key issues below:

  1. Advocating the importance of placing young scientists and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the heart of national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Application of a gender lens in science in addressing SDGs
  3. Building scientific capacity and capability in young scientists to advance science policy


This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master’s degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the conference
  • Submit an abstract that will be the basis for a presentation at the conference
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference

5.Conference Participation and Application

ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the sub- themes outlined above. The attached application form should be completed and sent to Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za (Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za )Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Tuesday, 9 May, 2017. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to successful applicants.

6.Call for Abstracts

Abstract Format and Submission

The abstracts should follow the following format:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Author and Institution) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centered
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins
  • Abstract must include the following information:
    • Title, Author(s), Institution(s)
    • Name of first-author should be underlined (Please do not underline co- authors)
    • Institutional affiliations, city, province for all authors
    • The superscript numbering must be in front of each initial and surname of each author
  • Where appropriate, the text may be structured using the following headings:
    • Introduction or Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
  • Conclusions

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations will be conducted in English.

Poster Presentations

Accepted  posters  will  be  displayed  at  the  conference  venue  and  full  details  and specifications will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

7.General Conference Information

For any further information on the conference please contact:

Ms Edith Shikumo      Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614          Email: Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za


Event Date: 
25 Jul 08:00 - 28 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 



Rationale and Purpose of the Conference and the associated Workshops

Stemming from discussions at the previous conference at Sani Pass, South Africa, we are pleased to announce that this conference and its associated workshops will be held in Swaziland, in association with the University of Swaziland. This conference seeks to create a forum to explore the contexts of theory and application in Geomorphology and the related fields.

Given the extent of soil erosion and land degradation in the Southern African region, and recognising the involvement of geomorphologists in topics related to these, we are particularly pleased to confirm that both the International Vetiver Network (TVNI) and the Soil Erosion Focus Group of the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (SEFG-LaRSSA) will be holding relevant workshops during this conference. We are confident that this will enhance the international status of the meeting, and broaden the base for discussion and meaningful interaction. We look forward to being able to welcome delegates to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

A pre-conference and main excursion to places of interest will also be offered.

 Organising Committee:
Prof. Heinz Beckedahl UNISWA (Chair), LaRSSA & SAAG
Dr Jay Le Roux UFS, SAAG
Roley Nöffke Hydromulch, LaRSSA & TVNI
Dr Sizwe Mabaso, UNISWA
Ian van Zuydam, UNISWA
Mthobisi Masilela, UNISWA
Prof. Paul Sumner UP, SAAG
Glaudin Kruger, Kruger & Associates

SAAG  2017 Conference Secretariat
Kruger & Associates
E-mail:  kruger [at] krugerassociate [dot] com
Tel 00 27 28 316 2905


Event Date: 
31 Mar 08:00 - 17:00
Event Description: 

GSSA Gold Day, 31 March 2017

About the Gold Day

Given the times that we live in, and the geopolitical uncertainty that the new American president is unleashing on the world, the planned GSSA Gold Day is an offering to our members interested in where the gold industry is going.

The topics will include whether gold will continue to be a key commodity in the global market, where the future of gold is heading, the latest ideas, and examine some of the gold projects currently underway.

Draft Programme

An overview of gold and the Trump Effect
Peter Major from Cadiz Asset Management

Where to next for South African gold mining and exploration?
Graham Briggs Independent Consultant with ninety8degreesgroup (TBC)

Update on the origin of the Witwatersrand Gold
Professor Laurence Robb, visiting professor at Oxford and Wits, and Independent Consultant

Setting South Deep up for long-term success
South Deep, Goldfields

Pan African Resources’ Tailings Retreatment Projects
Barry Naicker from PAR

Overview of African gold deposits
Mark Burnett from The Snowden Group

South African Greenstone Belts
The Kalgold Story (TBC)

What’s happening with gold in Zimbabwe?

DRC gold potential
Mike Robertson from The MSA Group

East African Greenstone Belts
Hannes Henckel from Acacia Mining

The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) – new models and ideas
Gold and the Arabian/Nubian Belt
Bisrat Yibas from CGS

Artisanal mining
Pontsho Ledwaba from Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at Wits

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