Keynote title: IMPACT OF SCIENCE COUNCILS ON RESEARCH AND NATIONAL IMPERATIVES: Progress on Geophysics
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council for Geoscience
Mr Mosa Mabuza qualified as geologist with a BSc (Hons) and with a PDA in Business. He has extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions that span SADC, West Africa and Canada, amongst others. He assumed his official duties in 2006 as Director of Mineral Economics in the erstwhile Department of Minerals and Energy and later and later became Deputy Director-General of the Mineral Policy and (Investment Promotion) in 2012. During his tenure as an official was charged with the responsibility of leading the preliminary strategy for sustainable development and meaningful transformation of South Africa’s mining industry with emphasis on competitive growth and transformation as symbiotically reinforcing concepts, the development of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (which is a subject of parliamentary finalization) and the assessment of the progress impact on the implementation of the Mining Charter in 2009 and 2015, which respectively based the evidence value proposition for the amendments of the 2010 and 2017 Mining Charter. Mr Mabuza was represented the Department of Mineral Resources in the boards of a number of science councils and State Owned Entities, including, albeit not limited to the Council for Geosience, Mintek, and the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator.
In November 2016, Mr Mabuza was deployed to the Council for Geoscience and now serves as CEO of the CGS (since July 2017). He is currently working with his new colleagues to champion the refocused geo-scientific programme that seeks to optimise the development impact, linked with the national developmental priorities.