Council for Geoscience (CGS)

Contact Details

Physical: 280 Pretoria Road, Silverton, Pretoria
Postal: Private Bag X112, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: 012 841 1911
Fax: 012 841 1221


The objectives underlying the establishment of the Council for Geoscience (CGS) are to develop and publish world-class geoscience knowledge products and to render geoscience-related services to the South African public and industry.

The mandate of the CGS includes: the systematic reconnaissance and documentation of the geology of the earth's surface and continental crust, including all offshore areas within the territorial boundaries of South Africa; the compilation of all geoscience data and information, particularly the geological, geophysical, geochemical and engineering-geological data in the form of maps and documents, which are placed in the public domain; basic geoscience research into the nature and origin of rocks, ores, minerals, formations, the history and evolution of life, and the formation of the Earth, with a view to understanding the geological processes of both the past and present, and to compile and publish such research findings nationally and internationally to contribute to the understanding of the Earth, its evolution and its resources; and the collection and curation of all geoscience data and knowledge about South Africa in the National Geoscience Repository.

This repository houses a large and growing collection of geoscience information on all the countries of the African continent. This information also includes data that was received from mining companies, universities and research institutions worldwide. Public access to all geoscience information is subject to: existing legislation, arranged through the mandate of the CGS; rendering of geoscience knowledge services and advice to the state to enable informed and scientifically-based decisions about the use of the Earth's surface and the Earth's resources, within the territory of South Africa; and management of a number of national geoscience facilities on behalf of the country. These include the National Seismograph Network, National Borehole-Core Repository, National Geoscience Heritage Collections (Geoscience Museum), and National Geoscience Library. As part of its seismological monitoring function, the CGS contributes to the verification of global compliance to the ban on underground, underwater and upper atmospheric nuclear explosions in terms of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), by making data available from stations located on South African territory; and rendering commercial geoscience services and products to national and international clients.

Office Bearers/Management

Dr H Mathe
Chief Executive Officer
Mr M Mabuza

Dr Humphrey Mathe
Deputy Chairperson:
Board Members:
Mr Beeuwen Gerryts
Mr K Koloi
Mr Mosa Mabuza (Acting CEO)
Dr J Mahachi
Dr M Mayekiso
Ms R Mdubeki
Mr K Menoe
Ms D Mochothli
Mr T Motaung
Mr X Mvinjelwa
Mr K Ramokgopa
Mr O Willcox
Chief Executive Officer:
Mr M Mabuza (Acting)
Chief Financial Officer:
Mr Leonard Matsepe
Chief Operations Officer:
Mr Fhatuwani Ramagwede (Acting)
Senior Management:
Ms Malefshane Kola (Acting Executive Manager: Corporate Shared Services)
Communications Officers:
Rethabile Mzimba

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially Unqualified
Current Assets343 707274 195242 040255 238
Non-Current Assets228 958222 570195 227197 175
Total Assets572 665496 765437 267452 413
Current Liabilities174 371153 51196 120104 755
Non-Current Liabilities7 8727 0125 35714 382
Total Liabilities182 243160 523101 477119 137
Total Net Assets390 422336 242335 790333 276
Total Revenue412 591310 116316 599288 146
Revenue from Exchange Transactions69 67717 277161 888143 521
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactions342 914292 839154 711144 625
Total Expenditure(358 411)(325 187)(312 825)(272 330)
Employee Costs(187 620)(176 844)(160 392)(159 972)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Year54 810(15 071)3 77415 816
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities100 99557 83338 15852 809
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activities(40 413)(31 741)(19 731)(18 784)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Year312 519251 937225 845207 418
Unauthorised Expenditure----
Irregular Expenditure2171 4285 301-
Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure----
Posts Approvedn/an/a357n/a
Posts Filled350316324n/a
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