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    Be a part of the
    South African Geophysical Association’s

    17th Biennial Conference & Exhibition




    Be a part of the
    South African Geophysical Association’s

    17th Biennial Conference & Exhibition




    Be a part of the
    South African Geophysical Association’s

    17th Biennial Conference & Exhibition



South African Geophysical Association’s 17th Biennial Conference & Exhibition

28 Nov 2022 – 01 Dec 2022 | Sun City


Add to My Calendar 2022-11-28 08:00:00 2022-12-01 18:00:00 Johannesburg SAGA Conference 2022 South African Geophysical Association’s 17th Biennial Conference & Exhibition | Theme: reconnect . reimagine geophysical collaboration for growth. Sun City, North West, South Africa SAGA | South African Geophysical Association info@sagaconference.co.za

The Conference’s Organising Committee invites you to the 17th Biennial SAGA Conference & Exhibition to be held within Sun City from the 28th of November to the 1st of December 2022. With the world recovering from the Covid-19 health and economic crisis, “RECONNECT . REIMAGINE” has been chosen as the event’s theme. Not only did pandemic-related lock downs disrupt most global economies, they also accelerated deep change in supply chains to key global sectors such as mineral exploration, mining, energy, environment, and technology. SAGA 2022 presents a unique opportunity to reconnect across the industry to discover as well as share emerging technologies and research discoveries with one of the world’s leading assemblies of geoscientists, young professionals, decision makers, and technical experts.


High Quality Science

We are honoured to have excellent plenaries, keynote speakers, workshops, and peer reviewed presentations and posters from industry leaders.


Sun City is the perfect venue for us to come out into the light again.  Can’t wait to see you there!


Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.  From stylish Soho and the casual Cabanas, to Sun Vacation units – or live like royalty at the Palace of the Lost City!

Informal Networking

As is tradition at SAGA, we enjoy connecting.  2022 will not disappoint.



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NGEA™ Africa  

“We hope that the NGEA™ Africa challenge will provide participating students with an opportunity to expand their geoscience knowledge and experience first-hand how innovation plays a key role in mining exploration.”


An international geoscience competition open to students (undergrads & postgrads) with the intention of fostering teamwork and creativity in transforming geoscience data to tell a story of what is happening down below.


To encourage out of the box thinking and develop future leaders that can evolve the mineral and exploration industry in a future-focused positive way.


Multidisciplinary student teams (i.e. geophysicists, geologists, data scientists, engineers, etc.) combine their strengths and analyse different geoscience datasets to interpret the subsurface geology of the given area. Industry software (Geosoft Oasis Montaj and Seequent Leapfrog Geo) is made available to the participants.


Abstract submission now open
We invite you to submit papers and posters for SAGA 2022
Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2022
Submissions will be peer reviewed and responses provided within 1 month of submission


Dave van der Spuy

Manager of the Conventional Resources Evaluation Department

Petroleum Agency SA


David has been involved in the South African oil and gas industry for over 30 years. He started his career as a geochemist with SOEKOR and has worked for Halliburton, and as an independent consultant.  Since 1990, he has been with Petroleum Agency SA where he has worked as a geochemist and general exploration geologist, and now holds the position of Manager of the Conventional Resources Evaluation Department in the Operations Division.  He manages a team responsible for appraising South Africa’s resources, as well as promoting South Africa’s offshore to local and international oil and gas explorers. He holds degrees in geology and geochemistry, and a post-graduate diploma in management and has published widely, mostly on the petroleum geology of offshore South Africa. In 2014 he was awarded the PetroAfricanus Excellence in Africa award, in recognition of his efforts in attracting international explorers to South Africa.

Dr Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy


Dr Nkabane was gripped by politics at a young age wherein she began her affiliation with the African National Congress (ANC). Post joining the ANC, she served in various positions of leadership within the ANC and ANC Leagues – in Branch and Regional level. Nkabane was amongst the Leaders of the ANCYL in the then Sisonke Region who advocated for the renaming of Sisonke District Municipality to Harry Gwala District Municipality, in honour of struggle stalwart Harry Gwala. She served in the Provincial Executive of the ANCYL in Kwa Zulu Natal for three terms. In 2005, before joining Harry Gwala District Municipality she served as a Secretary in the office of the Speaker of Umzimkhulu Local Municipality. Thereafter, she held various positions at Harry Gwala District Municipality, including Youth Development Coordinator, Shop Steward of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), Manager Customer Care, and Director Water Governance and Customer Care. Dr Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane was appointed Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and
sworn in on the 6th of August 2021

Prof. Susan Webb

Associate Professor

School of Geosciences | Wits University 


Susan Webb started working as a geophysicist for Gold Field’s Diamond Unit in 1990. She joined Wits University in 1994 and is currently an Associate Professor. She worked on the well-known international Kaapvaal Project “The Anatomy of an Archean Craton.” Currently she is a co-PI on the Bushveld Complex Drilling Project (BVDP) of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) and PI on the NRF funded Blue Skies project “Understanding the nature of Deep Processes on the Ancient Evolving Earth.” She is author or co-author of over 100 papers, conference proceedings, and book chapters investigating a wide variety of geophysical topics. She is a fellow of the GSSA and a two-time recipient of their Jubilee medal. She has twice been awarded the “Meritorious Geophysical Service Award” from SAGA and her presentation won the best paper award at the 2011 Geosynthesis conference. She has served SAGA in many roles including as president and running the exciting 2001 “Exploration Challenge: Find the Platinum” competition. Recently, she was a member of the Wits Geoscience team that won the 2021 NSTF-South 32 “Data for Research Award.” She was selected as the 2010 SEG Honorary Lecturer for Africa and the Middle East and was the inaugural recipient of the SEG’s Outstanding Educator award in 2014 for the international geophysical field school she developed and her untiring support of student opportunities. She was an original committee member that developed the SEG’s Geoscientist’s without Borders program. She is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA), South African Geophysical Association (SAGA), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and currently serves on the board of the SEG Foundation.

Manish Kumar

Regional Geophysicist

Rio Tinto Africa Eurasia


 Manish is a registered Professional Natural Geoscientist with 18 years of experience in mineral Exploration in a spectrum of commodities Iron Ore, Uranium, Coal, Base and Battery metals, Titanium, and Diamonds from grassroots to discovery.

He started his career with De Beers India in 2004; moved to South Africa to work for De Beers in 2007. During his stay with De Beers, Manish worked extensively in central and southern Africa and Russia and was involved in developing the SQUID magnetic tensor system.

In 2011 Manish joined Rio Tinto generative team in Africa-Eurasia region and was involved in the delivery of new opportunities through Target generation and technical reviews with a focus on Battery metals and Copper. Manish has a keen interest in applying and developing new technologies for mineral exploration, since 2019, has been working on developing a UAVE magnetic gradiometer system. He is currently Africa Eurasia regional geophysicist.

Manish has also been an active member of SAGA and served as the vice president in 2018-19. 

Dan Hollis

Director – Business Development (Americas)

Sisprobe SAS


Dan Hollis graduated from CSULB (Long Beach, California) with a BSc in Earth Science.

Dan’s early career focused on active-source seismic services with several companies.  Dan’s work with early nodal seismic recorders led to an interest in use of continuous passive seismic recording for subsurface imaging and monitoring.  Dan was one of the founders of Sisprobe that provides passive seismic imaging and monitoring services.  Dan is a member of SExG and is a member of SExG’s Mining and Passive Seismic committees.

Mr. Mosa Mabuza

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 

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 became Deputy Director-General of the Mineral Policy and (Investment Promotion) in 2012. During his tenure as an official; he was assigned with the duties 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 a symbolistic reinforcing concepts, the development of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 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 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 colleagues to champion the refocused geo-scientific programme that seeks to optimise the development impact, aligned with the national developmental priorities.

Greg Turner

General Manager Technical Solutions



Greg Turner is currently Principal Geophysicist at HiSeis and is currently focussed on developing geological products that make the great benefits of seismic more accessible to a broad range of minerals geoscientists. He has a BSC (Hons) and PhD in Earth Science and his previous roles include being Geoscience Manager for WMC’s Technology Group and a co-founder of the Geoforce geophysical service company which was sold to GroundProbe in 2008.

Dr. Per Gisselø

Senior Project Manager

SkyTEM Surveys ApS


Per Gisselø holds a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Aarhus (Denmark) obtained in 2001 and is Senior Project Manager at SkyTEM Surveys ApS. He is engaged as a team leader as well as a professional specialist in an organisation focused in airborne surveys and the processing of airborne electromagnetic and magnetic data. As a geophysical service provider SkyTEM assists with decision-making for the private and government sector within mineral exploration, water resource mapping, and geotechnical investigations.

Dr. Andi Pfaffhuber


EMerald Geomodelling


Dr. Andi Pfaffhuber is the CEO of Oslo-based EMerald Geomodelling and the visionary behind airborne geoscanning. Before founding EMerald in 2019, he spent 12 years at the Norwegian Geotechnical Insititute where he introduced airborne geophysics to NGI in 2007 initially for resource exploration and later for the unique application in geotechnical projects.

Pfaffhuber established the NGI Geosurveys section in 2012 to develop, adapt and implement geophysical, remote sensing and GIS methods in NGIs advanced geotechnical projects. 10 years of research in the field of geotechnical geophysics led then to the strategic technology spinn of from NGI to EMerald.

Pfaffhuber holds a PhD in Applied Geophysics from Bremen University (2006) and an MSc in Applied Geoscience from Technical University Berlin (2001). His field of expertise spans from research, innovation, project management, business development and scientific consulting primarily with a focus on the infrastructure industry.

Dr. Stephanie Enslin


 School of Geoscience at Wits University


Stephanie has focused on volcanic and magmatic activity throughout her career, first investigating Icelandic volcanoes using campaign GPS for her MSc (Wits, 2009); and then sills and dykes of the Karoo LIP using aeromagnetic and historic seismic data for her PhD (Wits, 2015). For her PhD she also created a 3D model of the Karoo Basin, constrained by potential field, seismic, borehole, petrophysical and teleseismic data. She has also conducted investigations into the western and southern lobes of the Bushveld Complex using 2D and 3D seismic data and aeromagnetic data. She has recently branched into using satellite data and machine learning to understand groundwater potential across South Africa. She is currently lecturing at the School of Geoscience at Wits University.

Itumeleng Mogatusi-Sekgota

Sustainability Integration and Impact Specialist

Anglo American


Itumeleng holds a master’s degree from the Groundwater Institute at the University of the Free State. She completed her undergraduate studies in Geology and Hydrogeology at the University of the Witwatersrand. By technical training, Itumeleng is a Projects Hydrogeologist focused on the mining sector with expertise in Mine Dewatering for open pit and underground operations. She has over six years of experience managing hydrogeology projects across the globe. Her work experience involved designing and implementing Slope Depressurization and Dewatering Programs, Site-specific Hydrogeological Characterization, Groundwater Exploration and Modelling and holistic mine water management. Hydrogeology provided her with the opportunity to work in different commodities for both open pit and underground mines. She worked on projects in the Platinum Bushveld Complex, South Africa, to the Supergene Iron Belt in Northern Cape, South Africa and the Porphyry Copper Belt deposits on the Andes Mountain Range in Central Chile. There she spent two years living in Santiago Chile and learnt to speak Spanish.

Itumeleng has always believed in using the sciences, particularly geosciences to contribute to solving the problems society is facing. From sound environment management to timely assessment of natural hazards such as floods to sound data on water resources. Geoscientists have a role to play in contributing to a sustainable society.

Although she enjoys being challenged by complex groundwater issues, which she still consults for.  She always wanted to contribute to society beyond the mine fence. Thus, her work as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 ambassador. She is currently a part of Anglo American’s Group Sustainability Team. She holds the position of Sustainability Integration and Impact Specialist. Her focus is advising the business on integrating sustainability into core business practices-from biodiversity-Geoheritage to Health and Wellbeing-medical geology.  With a special focus on 10-year planning towards 2030, water stewardship and setting science-based targets to develop pathways to value.

Itumeleng serves on the Young Water Professional Committee and Newly formed ESG committee of the Geological Society of South Africa. When not working Itumeleng enjoys watching her son grow and daydreams of working with President Ramaphosa on accelerating action for the National Development Plan.

Chris Wijns

Group Geophysicist 

First Quantum Minerals Ltd


Chris Wijns has been the Group Geophysicist since 2008 for First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a global base metals miner. He initially studied in Canada, and after a few years in gold exploration in West Africa, he moved to Australia in 1999 and completed a PhD in 2004 at the University of Western Australia. Chris has been a director of Amira Global, a mining industry research body, since 2015, including three years as chair of the board, acting on his belief in collaborative work and a desire to bring research results into industry use. His goal is to promote geophysics in all the domains where it can prove useful throughout the minerals value chain. Chris has enjoyed working inside sizeable mining companies for the opportunity to have constant interaction with geologists, geochemists, and assorted engineers.

Teo Hage

Managing Director

Xcalibur Multiphysics in Australia


Teo is passionate about Airborne EM, an enthusiasm fuelled after joining Anglo American in 1987 as a scholarship recipient.  Throughout his Anglo career, from graduate geophysicist to manager of SPECTREM AIR Ltd, Teo was intimately involved in the ongoing research and development of Airborne EM systems.

In 2001,  following Fugro’s consolidation of the Airborne Geophysical contractors, Teo was inspired to join its team of people who were focused on technology development as a core part of their business. Teo spearheaded a talented team of engineers and technicians responsible for developing new airborne geophysical systems and instruments, most of which are still in regular use today.

Teo’s intimate involvement with AEM systems development survived a number of transitions, including a move back into general management duties, the sale of Fugro Airborne to CGG in 2013 and a permanent relocation from Johannesburg to Perth in 2014. 

As Managing Director for Xcalibur Multiphysics in Australia and Chief Technology Officer for the group, Teo leads a group of motivated and skilled people who are driven to continuously improve the technology and application of airborne geophysics.

Hielke Jelsma

Principal Geoscientist – Orthomagmatic Systems



To start, a disclaimer: I am not an expert in geophysics, but work with geophysicists on a daily basis. I am Principal Geoscientist at Anglo American, a leading global mining company with a portfolio that includes diamonds (through De Beers), platinum and other precious metals, copper, nickel and manganese, iron ore, metallurgical coal, and fertilizers. I completed my undergraduate training in 1989 and obtained a PhD in geology in 1993 from the Free University of Amsterdam. Between 1993 and 2003 I lectured geosciences subjects at universities in Zimbabwe and South Africa, acted as geological consultant for exploration and mining companies, focusing on precious metals and base metals projects, and then worked as senior researcher within the cross-disciplinary Centre for Interactive Graphical Computing of Earth Systems with the late Prof. Maarten de Wit at University of Cape Town. In 2003 I joined De Beers and in 2014 Anglo American. My industry experience includes the evaluation of conceptual and project areas across all exploration stages, in over 25 countries on six continents. I am currently a member of the Integrated Systems Geoscience Team, seeking generative opportunities and transformative value for the Anglo American group. I am also involved in the execution and management of research projects that support our business decisions. Over the years, I have specialized in field mapping, structural geology, economic geology and tectonics, topics on which I have authored or co-authored >60 papers in peer-reviewed international journals. Ongoing interests are broad and include mineral systems science, metallogenesis, lithosphere geodynamics, supercontinent cyclicity and regional geological assessments, in which geophysics plays an essential role. I am registered as a Professional Natural Scientist; I am an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and Honorary Life Member of the Geological Society of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Edgar H Stettler

Honorary Professor of Geophysics

Witwatersrand University


He holds an MSc (Exploration Geophysics) and a PhD (Geophysics) from Pretoria University, was part time lecturer since 1980 and Extraordinary Professor of Geophysics at that University from 2000 to 2009 and is since 2010 an Honorary Professor in Geophysics at the University of Witwatersrand. E. Stettler is a past president (1994) and Meritorious Geophysical Service Award holder of the SA Geophysical Association (2009), a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Rudolf Krahmann Gold Medal award (2013) and an active member of the International Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, USA since 1976. He represented the SA earth science community on SACNASP (1994-2004) and represented SA at the Geophysics and Seismology Working Group at the SADC Mining Co-ordination Unit. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of SA.  Edgar joined the Geological Survey geophysics unit in 1975 as a student and was the Divisional Manager for Geophysics, Seismology and Geohydrology between 1994 and 2004. He then joined the Thani Group in Dubai (2005-2010) as a geophysical consultant in gold, base metal and oil exploration. Between 2009 and 2018 he was a director of the Hamburg Alternative listed Swiss company, Afrika Gold AG with assets in Ghana and South Africa. He has an extensive refereed publication list dealing mostly with tectonics as revealed by geophysical data. GEONICS of Canada referenced his theoretical work on borehole electromagnetics in a patent. With F. Kamenetsky (University of Muenchen) and G. Trigubovich (Novosibirsk State Technical University) he co-authored the textbook ‘Transient Geo-electromagnetics’, published in 2010. Edgar specializes in base metal, diamond and groundwater exploration with geophysical techniques and his current interest’s cover drone based geophysical surveying where he is involved in magnetic, TEM and MMR surveys.

Prof. Moctar Doucouré

Co-founder & managing director

AEON (Africa Earth Observatory Network)

Associate-professor in geophysics

Nelson Mandela University


Moctar Doucouré is co-founder and managing director of AEON (Africa Earth Observatory Network) and associate-professor in geophysics at Nelson Mandela University (Feb.2012 to present) where he managed the Karoo shale gas baseline research programme. He previously held the positions of chief operating officer of AEON at the University of Cape Town (UCT; 2008-Dec.2011), and principal specialist geophysicist at De Beers Group Exploration. Prior to these positions, he was senior researcher in geosciences at UCT (Jan.1995-Jan.2001) and postdoctoral Melon fellow at the Bernard Price Institute of Geophysical Research at Wits University (Nov.1989-Dec.1994).

Moctar Doucouré has an engineering degree in exploration geophysics from the Hydrocarbon Institute of Algiers (1981) and a doctorate in global geophysics from Université Paris VII, France (1986).

Joel Jansen

Lead – Geophysics

Anglo American


I’ve been a mineral exploration geophysicist for over 25 years, with field experience in 20 countries on six continents, including eight years spent as an expat in Mexico, Chile, and Australia where I was involved in seafloor exploration for massive sulphide deposits, and so I have experience in marine, terrestrial, and airborne geophysics.

In 2015 I moved from Teck Resources Limited, where I was Chief Geophysicist, to Anglo American plc to leverage my experience and broaden my expertise in production- and operation-oriented geophysics in the mining environment, a learning path I am still on today.

I have a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering and an M.Eng. in Geophysics, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

I am a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada, a Director of Spectrem Air Pty and President of IAGSA, the International Airborne Geophysics Survey Association. I live in Vancouver.

Prof. Raymond Durrheim


School of Geosciences


Raymond Durrheim (PhD, Witwatersrand, 1990) held the South African Research Chair in Exploration, Earthquake and Mining Seismology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg from 2007-2021, and now has a post-retirement appointment as a Professor in the School of Geosciences. He co-directs the AfricaArray research and capacity-building program, leads the DSI-NRF-SAIMI Community of Practice in Knowledge & Skills Development for Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, and is principal investigator of the ICDP project Drilling into Seismogenic Zones of M2.0 – M5.5 Earthquakes in Deep South African Gold Mines (DSeis, 2016-present). Ray is the author or co-author of more than 160 refereed articles published in journals, conference proceedings and books, and co-recipient of the Society of Exploration Geophysics Award for the Best Paper Published in Geophysics in 2012. Ray was chair of the first two SAGA Biennial Conferences (in 1989 and 1991) and SAGA president in 1995/96. He received SAGA’s Meritorious Service Award in 2010 and the Krahmann Medal in 2015. In 2021 Ray received two NSTF-South32 “Science Oscars”: the Lifetime Award for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa, and was a member of the Wits School of Geosciences team that won the Data for Research Award.


Sean Davids


Petroleum Agency SA


Sean is employed at the Petroleum Agency SA as a Geologist since 2003. He holds a Master degree in Hydrogeology from the University of the Western Cape. Sean has 15 plus years’ experience in petroleum geology and has worked on various offshore basins in South Africa; the West Coast Orange basin, the South Coast Pletmos basin and extensively along the East Coast, Durban & Zululand basins.

Sean is involved with numerous other collaboration projects; he was part of the Working Groups on South Africa’s Pilot Project on Carbon Capture and Storage and a current member of the South African Code for the Reporting of Oil & Gas Resources committee.


Prof. Glen Nwaila 

Director & Professor of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI)

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)


Glen Nwaila is the Director of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) and Visiting Adjunct Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). His main research focuses on increasing the integration of high-dimensional mining and mineral resources data with machine learning for uncertainty reduction and optimal decision-making. Prior to joining Wits, Glen worked in the mining and consulting industries for a period of 13 years, where he led teams of mining professionals and led audits in the mineral resources and extractive metallurgy plants. At Sibanye Stillwater, Glen led the Geology functions in the Driefontein operations. He also served as Manager at Deloitte Technical Mining Advisory (DTMA). He has served as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at Uppsala University since 2018. Nwaila completed his PhD in Geosciences (Magna Cum Laude) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany. Glen also holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and a BSc (Honours) in Geology from the University of Johannesburg. He was recently appointed to the 35 IGC Legacy Fund’s Board of Directors. He is a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). Glen is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa (FGSSA).


Dr. Bojan Brodic

Senior Scientist



Bojan Brodic is a Senior Scientist at Geological Survey of Finland – GTK. He received his B.Sc. (2010) and M.Sc. (2012) in applied geophysics from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Serbia. In 2018, he obtained his PhD at Uppsala University where he continued his work on active seismic methods, first as a postdoctoral researcher and subsequently as a Researcher. His research interests are in the area of seismic data acquisition, 2D/3D seismic modeling and active and passive seismic imaging in near-surface and hard rock environments. He is an active member of SEG and EAGE and holds an Honorary Lecturer position at University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof. Lindsay Linzer

Corporate Consultant / Associate Partner

SRK Consulting


Lindsay is a consulting geophysicist to SRK with 26 years’ combined experience in the processing and interpretation of seismic waves ranging from: acoustic emissions recorded in the laboratory; seismic surveys for geotechnical purposes; seismicity induced by shallow and deep level mining; and, seismic reflection data. She was recently appointed as an Honorary Professor: Seismic wavefield simulation at the University of the Witwatersrand. Lindsay has applied state-of-the-art seismic interpretation technology to extract information vital to shaft-sinking, optimal borehole siting and mine-planning. She has specialist skills in determining seismic source mechanisms (laboratory tests in rock and concrete and mining seismology) through moment tensor inversion using her own code and expertise in dynamic numerical modelling (2-D and 3-D) of seismic waves for AE/NDT laboratory tests; mine-seismology problems; geotechnical problems; shaft-sinking, and reflection seismology. She has recently extended her dynamic modelling skills and has developed methods to model complex blast patterns for open pits and underground using Wave3D, a 3D finite difference full waveform modelling code.

Since joining SRK, Lindsay has become involved in seismic hazard assessments for the design of engineering structures. She has also begun to apply seismic and electrical methods to assess the internal structures of tailings dams, with a particular interest in quantifying brittleness.

Lindsay is an expert user and programmer in mXrap, a geotechnical data analysis and monitoring platform within which data analysis tools have been developed under the ACG’s Mine Seismicity and Rockburst Risk Management project.

Dr. Hernan Ugalde

Senior Consulting Geophysicist

DIP Geosciences – Canada


Hernan started his career in the Geological Survey of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN) in 1995, where he completed his M.Sc. (Geophysics) thesis work under the supervision of Dr. Gonzalo Yañez. In 1997 he moved to the newly created South America office of Paterson, Grant & Watson Limited (PGW) in Santiago, where he stayed until 2001.

In 2001 Hernan moved to Canada to engage in doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Bernd Milkereit in 2006. In 2006 Hernan started a postdoc with Bill Morris at McMaster University. This triggered the quest for understanding data from a geological point of view. With Bill, Hernan started working in 3D modelling, and developing workflows for the understanding of remanent magnetization and how to model it, geologically. It was an amazing time, and in Hernan’s words “Bill told me everything I know…except for Matlab”. However, by 2011 the MAGGIC lab ran out of funds and Hernan decided to go back to PGW.
In PGW, Hernan moved from small processing and interpretation projects into country scale ones in Ecuador, Nigeria, the DRC and many other places. In 2015 Hernan became Vice-President of PGW. By then he also started teaching geophysics at Brock University. By September 2018, the thirst for teaching and research was strong enough to make Hernan leave PGW to spend more time teaching and working on research with Bill.

DIP Geosciences came to life, and the journey is just beginning…Hernan now teaches Advanced Structural Geology, Field Camp and Exploration Geophysics at Brock University. He has active research projects with Bill on remanence, full tensor magnetics and geological understanding of geophysical data. He collaborates with Intrepid Geophysics and Tensor Research from Australia.
Constantly learning, and always happy to teach and try new ideas.

Gavin Selfe

Director and Consulting Geophysicist at Geofocus

Geofocus (Pty) Ltd


Gavin has a BSc Honours degree, with dual majors in Geology and Geophysics, from Wits. He has 32 years of field experience in the mineral exploration industry, specialising in geophysics. He has worked mainly across Africa but also globally, and is a partner in a ground geophysics and consulting company, Geofocus (Pty) Ltd, with Bjorn Havemann. They currently have a 3-pronged approach to the geophysics business, being geotechnical geophysical services, minerals exploration surveys, and pure consulting work which often involves minerals targeting and the geological interpretation of large geophysical datasets.

Prof. Laura Valentina Socco

Professor in Applied Geophysics

Department of Engineering of Environment


Laura Valentina Socco, is presently Full Professor in Applied Geophysics at the Department of Engineering of Environment, Land and Infrastructures (DIATI) of the Politecnico di Torino.

Prof Socco works on developing geophysical techniques for near surface investigation in applications ranging from, seismic hazard and engineering, to hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, environment and cultural heritage. In the last twenty years, she has focused her research work on surveying techniques based on the propagation of seismic surface waves for estimating subsurface velocity models and on geophysical data integration techniques.

In 2013 Prof Socco has been chosen as Honorary Lecturer by the SEG. In 2014 she has received the Conrad Schlumberger Award (EAGE).  In 2019 Prof Socco has received the Outstanding Educator Award from SEG. She has been Editor in Chief of Geophysics from 2017 to 2019.

Prof Socco is author of more than 150 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. She has been awarded with a honourable mention in the category best paper in Geophysics in 2012, 2013 and 2016. She has been chair-person of the Near Surface Division Committee of EAGE and member of EAGE Board (2014-16). She has been Associate Editor (2003-2013) Assistant Editor (2013-2017) of Geophysics and she has been Associate Editor (2006-2013) of Near Surface Geophysics. 

She is Chair of the education programs in Environmental Engineering and of Georesources and Geoenergy Engineering (former Petroleum and Mining Engineering) of Politecnico di Torino since 2018.

Dr. David Khoza

Executive Manager

Council for Geoscience


David Khoza is geophysicist who’s worked in minerals exploration, mining and geoscience research. After completing BSc Honours degree, David joined BHP Billiton’s mineral exploration division, conducting geophysical surveys primarily in Africa. David took a break and then back into academia to complete his PhD, which focussed on understanding the tectonic evolution of the Southern African lithosphere using magnetotelluric data. Following that, he joined Anglo American’s Technical Solutions department supporting several business units in mining, green and brownfield exploration and research efforts within Anglo American. He then joined SPECTREM AIR, primarily focused on airborne data processing, modelling, interpretation and research. David then joined Council for Geoscience’s Executive Management Team. He holds a BSc (Geology and Physics), BSc Honours (Geophysics) and a PhD (Geophysics) from the University of the Witwatersrand

Ken Witherly


Condor Consulting, Inc. Canada


Ken Witherly graduated from UBC (Vancouver Canada) with a BSc in geophysics and physics in 1971.

He then spent 27 years with the Utah/BHP Minerals company during which time as Chief Geophysicist, he championed BHP’s programs in airborne geophysics which resulted in the development of the MegaTEM and Falcon technologies. In 1999, Ken helped form a technology-focused service company that specializes in the application of innovative processing and data analysis to help drive the discovery of new mineral deposits. In 2017, he helped establish the Women Geoscientists of Canada, a group dedicated to support early career women in the minerals industry.

Prof. Alireza Malehmir

Professor of Applied Geophysics

Uppsala University-Sweden


Alireza Malehmir is Professor of Applied Geophysics at Uppsala University-Sweden. He was the PI of the award-winning Smart Exploration project and a co-PI of FUTURE, a European-South African tech-type mineral exploration collaborative project. He has led several research-industry works in various continents and known for his hardrock seismic expertise and innovative ideas. He has (co)authored +120 peer-reviewed journal publications and serves on the editorial boards of Geophysical Prospecting and Nature Scientific Reports. He is an active member of EAGE and SEG. Occasionally, Alireza acts as a consultant for utilizing innovative seismic imaging solutions for societal applications.

Prof. Gordon Cooper

Professor of  Geophysics

University of the Witwatersrand


G.R.J. Cooper is a Professor of  Geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His areas of research include potential fields, image and signal processing, seismic attributes and nuclear physics. He is currently an Associate Editor for the E.A.G.E., the A.S.E.G., the I.A.M.G, and the A.J.G., and constantly reviews papers for all the major journals. He has published more than 120 papers in international journals, and also holds five patents. Algorithms that he has developed have been  implemented by various commercial geophysical companies. He was the President of the S.A. Geophysical Association from 1997-98, editor of its newsletter for more than a decade, and built its first website.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Buske

Professor of “Applied Geophysics / Exploration Geophysics”

Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)


Stefan Buske is a Full Professor of Applied Geophysics / Exploration Geophysics at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). He earned a PhD and a diploma in geophysics at University of Frankfurt (Germany) and has worked in the Depth Imaging Department at Ensign Geophysics Ltd. (UK) and as head of the Seismic Data Laboratory, Department of Geophysics at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). He received the Louis Cagniard Award from EAGE in 2004 and the outstanding teaching award from the German Geophysical Society in 2019. His research interests include seismic acquisition, processing, modelling and imaging including applications for geothermal and mineral exploration, investigation of fault systems and deep seismic sounding of the lithosphere.

Michelle Pienaar

Programme Manager, Advanced Orebody Knowledge

Mandela Mining Precinct


Academic Qualifications:
BSc Honours Geology
GDE Mining

Employment History:
Michelle Pienaar obtained a BSc Honours degree in Geology from the University of Johannesburg. She has over 17 years’ experience within the mining industry where she started her career as a mine geologist but later progressed to Geoscience Manager on numerous deep level gold operations. She joined the Mandela Mining Precinct as Programme Manager for the Advanced Orebody Programme, which incorporates subjects such as geology, geophysics, rock engineering and geochemistry among others, aimed at developing technologies to create the ultimate glass rock environment.

Dr. Hayley Cawthra

Chief Scientist at the Council for Geoscience (CGS)

Western Cape regional office


Hayley Cawthra holds the position of Chief Scientist at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) Western Cape regional office, where she leads the marine geoscience programme, and is a Research Associate in Nelson Mandela University’s African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience. She has over fifteen years of work experience at the CGS in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of geological and hydroacoustic data and is a qualified commercial diver. Hayley has specific research interests in Pleistocene sea-level change and reconstructing now-submerged terrestrial landscapes on the continental shelf, particularly in a context of ancient human use of coasts. This is done by coastal- and offshore mapping, and studying markers of palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic change over time. Hayley has led or been a co-investigator on several local and international projects, all with a focus on South African records. Most of her work in this regard has been carried out on the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain on the Cape South Coast, and in Mpondoland on the East Coast.

Hayley holds a Ph.D. in geological science from the University of Cape Town (awarded in 2014) and was a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bremen Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences in 2016. She was a junior fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany from 2017-2019, has published 79 papers in peer-reviewed journals of acceptable repute within the last ten years in the field area of marine geology, and her work has received almost 1200 citations to date.

Hayley serves on several professional committees and panels and some examples are holding the position of Chair of the South African Committee for Stratigraphy task group for Post-Karoo stratigraphy and being vice president of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research. She is a steering committee member of the South African Extended Continental Shelf Claim Project and a technical advisor on the South African delegation to the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority. Hayley is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and is an NRF rated scientist. She also has interest in geoheritage and geoscience education and has worked on several initiatives in this regard, including being part of a team that has produced three ‘Science Spaza’ comics for school-level learners.


Pre-Conference Workshops begin


Pre-Conference Golf Day begins





Registration desk open in the foyer


Welcome Function

Welcome Function in the Kings Ballroom, our exhibition space for the week.


Arrival tea & coffee

Arrival tea and coffee and registration in foyer


Opening ceremony

Plenary and opening ceremony


Morning tea








Afternoon tea




Speakeasy Networking

Speakeasy networking dinner at the Brew Monkey


Arrival tea & coffee






Group photo

Group photo at the Amphitheatre


Equipment demonstration


Afternoon tea


Gala Dinner

Theme to be announced


Arrival tea & coffee






Closing ceremony




Optional Safari Drive


Depart for post conference field trips


Depart for post conference safari


Mon 28 Nov – Welcome Function

Join us for the start of SAGA 2022 in the Kings Ballroom at Sun City.  We will no doubt spend the evening re-connecting with friends and colleagues and meeting new delegates.  There will be food, drinks and music to kick-start the Conference.


Tue 29 Nov – Poster Happy Hour

Please join us straight after the last session for a poster session happy hour in the foyer.  Drinks will be served while you take the time to view the posters and meet the authors.

17:00 - 18:00

Tues 29 Nov – Speakeasy Networking Dinner

Join us for a networking dinner and drinks at the Brew Monkey.  Remember your password to enter the bourbon tasting, and fill up on American-style barbeque, while catching up with friends and colleagues.


Wed 30 Nov – Gala Dinner

Sadly tonight is your last with us – so let’s make it special.  As is SAGA tradition, we will announce the theme of our Gala Dinner closer to the time, but needless to say, it will be a magical night – full of great food, wine, dancing and entertainment.  Don’t forget the prize for the Best Dressed!




  • “Thanks again for a wonderful conference … already looking forward to the next one!”

    Terry Odgers

  • “SAGA gives me an opportunity to meet with colleagues from outside North America and that is very important. And secondly, the SAGA format is such that there are lots of opportunities to actually sit down and talk with people, as opposed to running to the next session.”  

    Bill Morris

  • “I just wanted to congratulate you and your team for such a wonderful SAGA conference. I think it was of a very high standard and I very much enjoyed listening to such new and exciting research and developments in geophysics. Also, and most importantly, it was a fantastic occasion to meet up with some of the friends and colleagues of the past.”

    Mike De Wit

  • “Safely home and behalf of Spectrem I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team as well as the SAGA Organising Committee for a job really well done. I have attended a great number of conferences over the last few years, but I must say that SAGA always rates on top with its organisation, technical content and social aspects. Well done.” 

    Louis Polomé

  • “A great event, packed with so much knowledge, great speakers and an overall good experience. Great networking and learning opportunity. The evenings ROCKED!’’  

    Michelle Pienaar



Day 2 of the Conference

Whiskey Tasting

Group Photo

Gala Evening

Closing Ceremony


Accommodation can be booked through our ‘one-stop-shop’ online registration process

SOHO Hotel | 4 Star

From R2262 pp | Breakfast

Register here

The Cabanas Hotel | 3 Star

From R1384 pp | Breakfast

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Sun Vacation Resort

From R3540 per unit | Self Catering

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Our venue, Sun City, is located along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park, in the North West Province of South Africa – a premier conference venue with all that Africa has to offer. Conveniently situated just 2 ½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, it provides a serene atmosphere and contemporary style to the 17th Conference & Exhibition.



Abstract submission closes:

30 June 2022

Early bird registration closes:

15 July 2022

Online registration closes:

23 November 2022

Full payment of accommodation due:

31 August 2022

What about accommodation?

You can book your accommodation, as well as all transfers and all pre and post conference events through our online registration portal.

How can I get to the venue?

If from out of town, fly into OR Tambo or Lanseria airports. During online registration, be sure to book one of our handy transfers to whisk you to Sun City. It is about 2hrs from Lanseria and 2h30 from ORT.

When is the abstract submission deadline?

30 June 2022


What is the theme for this year’s Gala Dinner?

All will be revealed in good time ?


If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.


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    Dr Musa Manzi Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), founded by Professor Musa Manzi with the aim of empowering young people from underprivileged backgrounds, with skills and resources to overcome poverty; realise their highest potential and ultimately contribute positively to the socio-economic development of their communities and South Africa at large. This is realised through education and training support, access to material resources and holistic character development.



    PHOENIX GEOPHYSICS LIMITED is a geophysical manufacturing and contracting company founded in 1975. Phoenix Geophysics delivers cost-effective, reliable instruments and services that produce superior results. We are the world leader in magnetotelluric (MT) instrumentation.  Measurements made by Phoenix instrumentation include magnetotellurics (MT; broadband, audio and controlled source), time- and frequency-domain induced polarization, time- and frequency-domain EM, and resistivity. Advanced Phoenix technology is used in exploration for mineral, groundwater, oil & gas, and geothermal resources; in environmental and engineering geophysics; and in earthquake prediction and research deep into the Earth’s crust. Phoenix systems are used in more than 100 countries for exploration and research. Our clients include mining and oil companies, geophysical contractors, universities, research agencies and government earth science agencies. Please visit our booth/stand No. A14 to learn about our new Ultra-Wide MT (UMT) system and Powerful MT processing software (EMpower).

    It is our mission is to partner with our customers in every aspect of our activities. We want to establish an intense and long-lasting customer involvement in the design and development of our sensors.



    Seequent, the Bentley Subsurface Company. A better understanding of the Earth creates a better world for all Seequent brings together industry-leading earth modelling, geo-data management, and team collaboration software. Because when everyone can see the full picture, they can make better decisions that benefit people and the planet. Every day, our customers in over 100 countries work to develop vital mineral resources more sustainably, design and build better infrastructure, protect the environment, source renewable energy, and help resolve historical challenges such as groundwater contamination and ageing infrastructure. We’re here to help them. That why we’re constantly evolving at the forefront of technology and geoscience – from Cloud accessibility, to 3D modelling, to digital collaboration. Headquartered in New Zealand with our team located in 25 locations around the world, Seequent is a high growth, people-centric success story. We’re passionate, curious, Earth lovers. Seequent, the Bentley Subsurface Company working together to build a better future.



    GEM has had a long and storied history – starting as Geophysical Electromagnetic Systems, a consulting partnership. The company incorporated in 1980 as GEM Systems, and is now known in industry as GEM Systems. This work was completed in 1983 through a research grant and led to the first of an innovative series of magnetometer/gradiometer technologies featuring three main physical principles – Proton quantum magnetometer, Overhauser quantum magnetometer, and the optically pumped Potassium quantum magnetometer. GEM Advanced Magnetometers is a supplier of magnetometers, gradiometers and magnetic sensors for Earth Science, Geophysics and other applications. With more than three decades in the research and development of equipment for geophysical exploration, GEM is also known for its service and support – featuring knowledgeable magnetics professionals and the industry-leading three-year warranty program. GEM Systems developed the DRONEmag™ (GSMP-35U/25U) to be the first lightweight, high sensitivity magnetometespecifically designed for UAVs. The sensors are based on GEM’s popular optically pumped Potassium Magnetometer sensor, which offers the highest sensitivity, absolute accuracy and gradient tolerance available in the industry. The 0.2 pT sensitivity potassium magnetometer forms the coreof GEM’s UAV solutions.



    Bell Geospace has been at the forefront of Gravity Gradiometry for over 25 years. Bell Geospace provides exploration companies with Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) and magnetic data to enhance sub-surface models and de-risk exploration projects.  

    Explore Province to Play, Efficiently

    Airborne geophysics with FTG allows fast screening and ranking of prospective areas at the province and district scale, de-risking ground exploration at prospect and play scale. Accurate and informative data enhances existing complementary data and fine tunes a strategy for future acquisition. 

    African Gold Exploration

    Bell Geo's FTG, gravity and magnetic data acquisition technology is especially good at locating contact zones and faults, suitable for finding the mineralized geology which hosts gold. Bell Geo’s most recent gold exploration project took place in West Africa.  Gaud Pouliquen and Ria Tinnion can share more details about this in person at SAGA.

    Energy-Metals Exploration in Africa

    Geoscientific methods are more critical than ever for energy-supply sustainability. Structural and lithological information to demystify subsurface mineral systems is required on a new, larger scale. If you're exploring in the Kalahari and Zambian copper belt, ask us at SAGA about Bell Geo’s experience in Botswana, Zambia, South Africa... and beyond. 



    Petroleum Agency SA, a South African state-owned company established through a Ministerial Directive issued in 1999, is mandated with providing effective and efficient regulation, encouraging investment, fostering diversity, protecting public interest and ensuring a level playing field within the upstream oil and gas industry. Since its inception, the Agency has emerged as the only regulatory body of the upstream oil and gas industry, keeping watch over this strategic and critical industry in South Africa.

    The company’s vision is to create a diverse upstream industry contributing to energy security through sustainable growth in exploration and development of oil and gas.



    The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is a global not-for-profit organization with a mission of connecting the world of applied geophysics. Founded in 1930, SEG provides information, tools, and resources vital to advancing the science of exploration geophysics, fostering common scientific interests, supporting humanitarian efforts, and accelerating geophysical innovation.

    Inspiring the geophysicists of today and tomorrow, SEG's long-standing tradition of excellence in education, professional development, new business generation, and engagement cultivates a unique community platform that encourages collaboration and thought leadership for the advancement of geophysical science around the world.
    Headquartered in Houston, Texas and with regional offices in Dubai, UAE; Beijing, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Tulsa, OK; SEG is a global society dedicated to enhancing the present and future of applied geophysics.



    ElectroMagnetic Imaging Technology

    EMIT is a group of geophysicists, engineers and software developers with a passion for innovation, embracing new technology and solving problems in electrical geophysics. 

    Founded in 1994, we develop geophysical instrumentation and software, primarily for EM and IP surveys.  Our customers appreciate the flexibility & reliability of our systems, their ease of use and timely support. 

    Our products include:

    1. SMARTem24 multi-purpose receiver system
    2. DigiAtlantis borehole EM/MMR system
    3. SMARTx4 Transmitter
    4. SMARTxM transmitter output Multiplexer
    5. SMART Fluxgate sensor for TEM/MMR
    6. Maxwell EM software

    The implementation of new features requested by users keep the systems modern and relevant.  We are working on modelling, data communication, transmitters, transmitter control and distributed receiver systems.


    Loupe Geophysics

    Loupe Geophysics has developed a novel, backpack-mounted, time-domain, electromagnetic system for measurement in the near-surface.  Loupe was initially envisaged as a system for environmental, engineering and shallow groundwater applications.  However, in the past 4 years Loupe has been widely used in reconnaissance mineral exploration and a myriad of other applications.  Some specialist studies using Loupe are void mapping, UXO detection and mapping of seepage from, and variability of sediments within, tailings storage facilities.


    SRK Consulting is a global leader in engineering solutions to the earth and water resource industries. Our professional engineers and scientists provide a comprehensive range of technical consulting services related to the mining, water, environment, infrastructure and energy sectors.

    With a powerful skills base of 1,500 specialists in over 45 SRK offices on six continents, we develop and apply leading-edge technologies and methods in our specialized services. Our integrated multi-disciplinary teams collaborate across the globe to ensure profitable and sustainable projects for our clients. 

    SRK’s core business includes pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, due diligence studies, audits and reviews, as well as designs and specifications for major projects worldwide. Our solutions cut across various fields, allowing us to do engineering studies and design in markets from bulk water supply and mine infrastructure to buildings and wind power sites. 

    We work with clients on all phases of projects, from planning, design and implementation, right through to operational stages and project closure. SRK’s experts offer clients both strategic insight and in-depth studies on all vital project elements –ensuring a full and detailed consideration of all risks and opportunities.

    While retaining overall responsibility for design concepts and details, we conduct projects on an interactive basis with our clients, to promote an exchange of ideas and experience to the benefit of the project. 



    Dias delivers leading geophysical solutions through innovative technologies.

    We focus on our clients’ needs, nurturing excellence in our team, and delivering our services worldwide with efficiency.

    Dias’ induced polarization (IP) and resistivity surveys use its proprietary and effective DIAS32 system. This system produces high volumes of rich data using the patented common voltage referencing (CVR) methodology. DIAS32 surveys consistently deliver accurate and highly-resolved 3D models for our clients.

    In addition to ground surveys and in partnership with Supracon AG of Germany, Dias also provides two highly effective airborne technologies that use SQUID-based sensors. Both ground and airborne technologies provide accurate, high resolution data sets for our clients.

    With offices in Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Mexico and Chile, Dias has completed successful commercial surveys all around the world, including in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Peru, Mali, Saudi Arabia and the United States.



    Xcalibur Airborne Geophysics is a Pretoria-based South African airborne geophysical company operating world-wide with a second administrative office in Madrid, Spain. We specialize in ultra-high resolution airborne geophysical surveys with our main offering being low-flying fixed-wing gradient magnetic and radiometric surveys. A new fixed-wing electromagnetic (TEM) system on an Air Tractor platform is currently under development and fixed-wing gravity surveys also regularly flown.

    Our fleet of aircraft comprises six owned turbine Air Tractors and a PAC-750 with priority access to leased turbine Islanders (BN-2T), and Eurocopter and Jet Ranger helicopters. These all enable data acquisition at the lowest safe ground clearance possible, typically 10m to 40m. The survey height is generally only limited by the height of the vegetation and the presence of man-made features such as power lines, buildings and antennae. Because spatial resolution improves when flight altitude is reduced, low-level data provides significantly more detailed information for kimberlite detection, base and precious metal exploration, structural and lithological mapping and mine planning, while depth of penetration is not compromised.

    The Air Tractors are particularly robust and powerful, thus providing excellent rugged terrain draping capability, together with unsurpassed endurance and safety. The twin-turbine Islander aircraft are used mainly for regional gravity, magnetic and radiometric surveys. These aircraft have the capability of operating at low speeds (80 knots) and are ideal for gravity surveys over water for hydrocarbon exploration. Airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys will soon be available with our low-flying towed-bird basic off-time XAG-EM system.



    Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company founded in 1873 and currently operating in 35 countries around the world. We work in mines, smelters, and refineries, as well as in sales offices, data centres, research and development labs and with artificial intelligence. Our purpose is to produce the metals essential for human progress. The transformation to a low-carbon world offers a unique opportunity for us to grow and play an important role in tackling this global challenge. Our culture, underpinned by our new values of care, courage, and curiosity, will be a key enabler in successfully executing our new strategy and delivering superior returns to our shareholders and contributions to society. 



    “To maximise the returns of South Africa’s mineral wealth through collaborative, sustainable research, development, innovation and implementation of mining technologies in a socially, environmentally and financially responsible manner that is rooted in the wellbeing of local communities and the national economy.”


    officially opened on 4 May 2018, provides the opportunity to have a community of researchers working together in the same space on related subjects both from an inter- and intra-organisational perspective.


    The SAMERDI Strategy, as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, provides a roadmap on how to work collectively towards technological solutions that will increase safety and productivity, and reduce costs to ultimately extend the life of mines by:

    Improving the competitiveness of the sector and creating new opportunities for South African based companies to operate in areas along the entire value chain; and

    Reposition South Africa as the world leader in mining RD&I by building human resource skills, capabilities, and capacities across industry, academia and the science councils, ensuring its sustainability.

    The SAMERDI Strategy provides a roadmap on working collectively towards technological solutions that will increase safety and productivity, reduce costs, and ultimately extend the life of mines.

    Thus the implementation of the SAMERDI strategy through collaboration and support from researchers (science councils and academia), government depart­ments, mining houses (individually and collectively), and organised labour unions can be the solution to the chal­lenges that beset the mining sector.


    EAGE is a professional association for geoscientists and engineers. It is an organization with a worldwide membership, providing a global network of commercial and academic professionals and students. With more than 19,000 members from over 100 countries, the association is truly multi-disciplinary and international in form and pursuits. EAGE operates two divisions: the Oil & Gas Geoscience Division and the Near Surface Geoscience Division.


    Barrick Gold Corporation has mining operations and projects in 18 countries, including Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Guyana, Japan and the United States.

    Barrick’s shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol GOLD) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol ABX). Our portfolio is primarily focused on high-margin, long-life gold operations and projects spanning in the world’s most prospective gold districts, supported by a robust copper business. Barrick operates six of the top Tier 1 assets in the world including the Nevada Gold Mines JV (Barrick 61.5%; Newmont 38.5%), the biggest gold mining complex in the world. Barrick has one of the deepest project pipelines in the gold industry, including brownfields projects near existing operations, greenfield exploration discoveries and some of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in the world, providing significant optionality and leverage to gold prices.


    With its four product lines - resistivity, induced polarization, electromagnetism and magnetic resonance - IRIS is a leading manufacturer of geophysical instruments in the non-seismic fields. IRIS distributes on the market products and solutions with high technicality to solve the most critical challenges. IRIS Instruments sells its equipment worldwide directly or through a network of loyal distributors. Its enthusiastic and motivated experts provide excellent customer support. IRIS Instruments' products are the result of innovation. They can be used in very contrasting environments, in low or high temperatures, in humid or very hot climates and in very varied geological contexts. Its Research and Development team is particularly attentive to the criteria of low power consumption, optimal weight and resistance to water and dust. IRIS Instruments is committed to providing excellent customer training throughout the world in addition to the supply of equipment. A wide range of technical training courses can be provided in its premises or at its customers. They help to acquire, maintain and optimize the use of equipment in the many professional challenges that everyone may face. IRIS Instruments' clients are public organizations or private companies. Its teams, composed of geophysicists and electronic engineers, provide continuous technical support.



    First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is an established mining and metals company producing copper, nickel, gold, zinc, and platinum group elements from seven mines in Zambia, Mauritania, Australia, Spain, Finland, and Turkey. Development projects are underway in Panama, Peru, and Argentina. In 2014, First Quantum produced 427,655 tonnes of copper, 45,879 tonnes of nickel, 229,813 ounces of gold, 55,980 tonnes of zinc and 60,080 ounces of platinum group elements. Exploration has a current focus in the central Andes, Alaska, southern Africa, and Australia.




    SkyTEM is the leader in innovative airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying services.  We engineer advanced data collection systems to meet the high-data-density and high-data-quality requirements of earth scientists for a wide range of subsurface studies. SkyTEM pioneered calibrated dual moment technology and SkyTEM FAST for mapping the very near surface to great depths, concurrently, economically and consistently, with lowered costs through rapid acquisition and delivery speeds. We offer reliable 12.5 Hz systems for even deeper anomaly targeting through conductive overburden. The best solution for high-quality data, SkyTEM deliverables are robust and dependable enabling exploration specialists to build accurate geophysical models with confidence.




    De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company. Powered by more than 20,000 people around the world, with a mission to support local communities, protect our natural environment and shape a brighter future. We combine advanced technology, huge investments and traditional exploration know-how to find the finest diamonds in the world. Today, we’re searching in South Africa, Botswana and Canada. De Beers Group’s targeted exploration in southern Africa is an attempt to discover the first major new diamond mine in the region in more than 20 years.




    Software and services that enable exploration discovery

    From the industry’s most advanced geological and geophysical modelling, machine learning, and data management solutions to Python applications and our free 3D viewer, our wide range of modelling, visualization, and AI software tools provide the foundation of mineral exploration success.

    With offices around the world, our team of geological and geophysical consultants are there to deliver meaningful, tailored models to support exploration decision-making and drillhole targeting. Our accomplished experts in geology, geochemistry, and geophysics bring the experience, skills, and tools required to solve the most complex integrated interpretation challenges.




    The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is one of the National Science Councils of South Africa. It was established by the Geoscience Act (100 of 1993)and is the national custodian for the collection and curation of all onshore and off shore geoscience information in South Africa. It is mandated to investigate a wide range of surface and subsurface, onshore and off shore geoscience matters. These include, but are not limited to, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, engineering geology, economic geology, geohazards and geohydrology. The organisation performs these duties mainly through Government funds and, to a lesser extent, through collaborations with private and public institutions, including institutions of higher education. Furthermore, the CGS is also mandated to provide for the promotion of research and the extension of knowledge in the field of geoscience as well as the provision of specialised geoscientific services. It aims to use this information to develop geoscience solutions to real-world challenges.




    Advanced Geosciences, Inc. (AGI) is a high-tech manufacturer of Electrical Imaging systems since 1989 and with its European office, Advanced Geosciences Europe (AGE), located in
    Madrid, Spain since 2006 offer sales, rentals, seminars, training, instrument demonstrations, repair, maintenance, and technical support in English, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese. Our
    Resistivity/IP/SP systems will challenge your electrical imaging knowledge through their powerful and portable high-tech instruments for 1D, 2D, and 3D earth imaging, remote
    monitoring on land, aquatics and in boreholes.



    www.mountsopris.com and www.alt.lu

    Mount Sopris Instruments is a leading manufacturer of slimline borehole geophysical logging systems for the groundwater, mining, engineering, environmental, geothermal, and oil and gas industries featuring a complete range of stackable probes, rugged winches, versatile loggers, and best-in-class software. In 2022 we celebrate our 70th year in business! With over 50 representatives in strategic locations around the globe, and equipment operating in over 120 countries, we are always nearby for after sales support and service.


    Advanced Logic Technology – ALT  focuses on improving data collection and information extraction from boreholes to support better decision-making and more efficient geoscience projects.  We passionately build and provide high-end wireline logging solutions and software to geoscience people and organizations. Our product portfolio includes: 
    The WellCAD software to handle the entire data loading, log editing, analysis and presentation workflow including borehole image, full waveform sonic and NMR interpretation.
    Slim hole geophysical logging systems such as acoustic and optical televiewer for cased and open hole applications. 


    SkyTEM is the leader in innovative airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying services.  We engineer advanced data collection systems to meet the high-data-density and high-data-quality requirements of earth scientists for a wide range of subsurface studies. SkyTEM pioneered calibrated dual moment technology and SkyTEM FAST for mapping the very near surface to great depths, concurrently, economically and consistently, with lowered costs through rapid acquisition and delivery speeds. We offer reliable 12.5 Hz systems for even deeper anomaly targeting through conductive overburden. The best solution for high-quality data, SkyTEM deliverables are robust and dependable enabling exploration specialists to build accurate geophysical models with confidence.


    Geotech is the global leader in technological innovation for airborne geophysical survey mapping, interpretation and analysis, offering helicopter and fixed wing airborne geophysics. Geotech operates on a global scale with offices in Canada, Australia and South Africa.


    LIM LOGGING, which is the result of the acquisition by LIM of Electromind in 2017, is at the world scale, a recognized manufacturer which offers a very complete range of borehole logging probes. At the international reputation level, the OPTV and BHTV televiewers from LIM LOGGING are unanimously considered to be the benchmark products on the market.


    GeoFocus provides a wide range of geophysical data acquisition, consulting and equipment rental services to the minerals, engineering, and environmental industries.
    By combining industry leading expertise with advanced operational capability, and a low overhead structure, GeoFocus exceeds clients’ expectations in terms of quality, speed, and cost. The company operates globally with extensive experience throughout Africa, working with clients big and small, across a broad spectrum of industries


    Geophysical research is at the brink of a rejuvenation. Novel measurement technologies and computing systems are not only changing the toolbox of the geophysical fieldworker, but also the working environment of the people processing and interpreting the data. Medusa Radiometrics is committed to power this rejuvenation by providing geophysicists around the world the most efficient, lightweight and robust gammaray survey systems imaginable, through innovative sensor design and smart data analysis models. Our systems include sensors for underwater mapping, land-borne work, and for drone-borne and airborne surveys.

    It is our mission is to partner with our customers in every aspect of our activities. We want to establish an intense and long-lasting customer involvement in the design and development of our sensors.

    www.geotron.co.za / www.radiationsolutions.ca

    Geotron (Chemtron prior to 1987) is a manufacturer and supplier of geophysical equipment and has been supplying and servicing the industry for over 48 years.  The commitment to design, service & a dedicated team, has ensured a successful partnership and Geotron becoming one of the major geophysical instrumentation companies in the Southern Hemisphere. Scintrex, a major supplier of geophysical equipment has been associated with Geotron since 1989

    Equipment manufactured:

    • Proton & 3 Component Fluxgate Magnetometers
    • Resistivity Meters & Penetrometers
    • Borehole specialized winches
    • MUEM Broadband sensors

    Equipment supplied:

    • Magnetometers, Gravity Meters, Seismographs
    • Frequency & Time Domain Electromagnetic Equipment
    • Gamma Scintillometers & Spectrometers
    • General Geophysical & Archaeological Exploration Tools


    Radiation Solutions Inc. (RSI) is a Canadian company specializing in nuclear instrumentation for the detection, measurement and analysis of low-level ionizing radiation from both naturally occurring and man-made sources. RSI’s industry-leading radiation detection technology incorporates a fully digital system design, spectral analysis and advanced data processing. RSI deploys this technology in stationary systems, airborne and mobile systems, portable and handheld spectrometers. This provides a level of quality previously only attainable in laboratory equipment. RSI is committed to working closely with customers in all aspects of the product life cycle including product requirement, application, training, support and product enhancement. Our comprehensive approach results in state-of-the-art hardware components, and software that produce outstanding results exceeding expectations.


    Wireline Workshop (Pty) Ltd is a geophysical borehole logging company, formed in August 2007 that provides a combination of long experience, latest technology and operational capacity. The owners have over 70 years of hard-won experience, describing mining targets from remote Mongolian coal to Andean copper and South African gas fields. The Company offers specialised imaging services (optical and acoustic) to the Mining and Civil Engineering sectors, such as structural information used in major dam projects in Southern Africa. Calibrated and borehole compensated physical property measurements are designed in the UK and Luxembourg for application in all mining and exploration fields from coal through base and precious metals to unconventional hydro-carbons such as CBM and tight shale gas. These include density, gamma, neutron, resistivity and sonic. Then there is the north-seeking gyro service and the XRF and UV florescence loggers. Client requirements vary from mineral type to location, whereby consultation is offered at all stages throughout the duration of the work. Our flagship service is the high-level log analysis and presentation.





    Geovista geophysical borehole logging and imaging tools serve geoscientists worldwide, with best in class performance. We supply the largest range of dependable systems to cover borehole data requirements for exploration, mining exploitation, site investigation, and groundwater. We manufacture and supply compact loggers, reliable winches with a full set of safety features, an extensive range of combinable sondes, televiewers, borehole video inspection cameras and North Seeking Gyros. Sonde stacking capability allows for efficient logging operations. It also allows for useful sensor combinations that would otherwise not be possible. Both the cameras and the logging sondes can be run on the same wireline cable. Geovista also offer memory and Thru-bit logging conveyance modes as well as the traditional wireline for high risk or deviated boreholes.




    Established in 1999, Geoline has now been servicing the mineral industry for 20 years. The company has grown such that we service the coal, CBM, iron-ore, magnetite and geotechnical industries in Southern Africa. Specialising in general mine exploration logging including rock strength and strata identification (structural analysis), deviation and coal blast hole logging, Geoline data is optimizing mine planning and providing solid resource data for feasibility studies. We pride ourselves on being able to provide high quality, safe, affordable and responsive services to a perpetually demanding and dynamic market. Backed by the SABS ISO9001 standard, we continuously monitor our service performance and provide tailor-made solutions to clients who are facing a variety of challenges in a continuously changing industry.




    Gap Geophysics Australia (Gap) is a progressive Technology Developer and Service Provider to the mineral exploration and environmental geophysics industries. With a Head Office in Brisbane and established bases in Mt Isa Qld, Kalgoorlie WA and Mt Barker SA, the company is well positioned to service the Australian market. Our main focus is to provide better quality data, efficiently and more cost-effectively than with conventional technologies. We do so by offering a range of unique services based on proprietary instrumentation. Established in 2005, Gap is owned and operated by a committed group of geophysicists and engineers who have been involved in the development of advanced survey instrumentation and techniques for over 30 years. The main focus of the company is to provide better quality data, efficiently and more cost-effectively than possible with conventional technologies. Proprietary instrumentation includes rapid sampling TM-7 magnetometers, Gap HeliSAM and GeoPak High Powered Transmitters. Gap is also the Australian operator of the Canadian developed DIAS32 3DIP system.




    Expert Geophysics Limited (EGL) is a geophysical company specializing in advanced helicopter borne electromagnetic surveys worldwide. EGL offers the latest innovation in proprietary airborne electromagnetic technologies:

    • The Mobile MagnetoTellurics (MobileMT) system is the most advanced generation of airborne AFMAG technology. It maps resistivities from shallow to > 1000m and has application mapping porphyries, the alteration and dissemination halos accompanied Cu, Au, Ag, and Mo mineralisation, all types of VMS, superconductive Ni-Cu-Co, unconformity uranium deposits and geothermal targets.
    • MobileMTm is a similar system suited to shallower more detailed work and is flown with a gradient magnetometer and has application mapping kimberlites and structure.
    • mTEM is a time-domain system electromagnetic system designed for detailed near surface investigations. mTEM is the only system in the industry able to acquire quality data in industrial areas with significant electromagnetic disruption and power line electrical noise.




    SPECTREM AIR operates the most advanced fixed-wing airborne geophysical system, collecting high resolution Electromagnetic (EM), Magnetic and Radiometric concurrently.

    With the highest power and advanced processing, the SPECTREMPLUS system has the ability to simultaneously map shallow (1-100 m) and deep (100-1000 m) features with a high level of resolution. Our team of specialists provide integrated 3D solutions for geological mapping, minerals exploration targeting including oil and gas, geo-hydrological, geo-engineering applications. The principal objective of developing these airborne systems is to enhance our ability to carry out effective exploration in area where the geology is poorly exposed on surface.

    Spectrem is also conducting significant amount of in-house R&D to ensure that the system remains state-of-the art and satisfied the need of its clients. In that respect, Spectrem was the first company to develop and commission an airborne magnetic gradiometer using the SQUID superconducting technology.




    Digital Borehole Surveying Pty Ltd is an industry recognised turnkey provider of downhole wireline logging and data analysis services, and, driller operated rental products.  Head-quartered in Johannesburg South Africa, with regional branches around the African continent, Digital Surveying is uniquely positioned to deliver a multitude of fit for purpose, cost-effective data, evaluation and product solutions so that informed decisions can be made when they matter, by leveraging the latest available technologies.

    We are proudly a first-to-market and often exclusive supplier of advanced technologies, ranging from north seeking solid-state gyro deviation products and services, through off-hole imaging (borehole radar), to hydrogeological (magnetic resonance) wireline solutions.  ‘Informed decisions through integrity and innovation’


    New Resolution Geophysics (NRG™) is an airborne geophysical company specializing in the collection of ultra-high resolution airborne data with offices in Cape Town, Pretoria, Perth, Spain and Italy. NRG has been in operation since 2005 and owns and operates a fleet of nine new generation turbine powered helicopters and four fixed-wing aircraft. Focusing on the African and Australasian markets, the company has completed in excess of 6,000,000 line kilometres of survey in over 50 countries. The company was formed with the objective of providing a technically superior, efficient, and professional service to the mining and petroleum exploration markets. Regional mapping agencies also benefit largely from our advanced technology.


    Established in 1995, Red Dog Scientific Services provides specialist earth-science equipment, and allied products to the African exploration & mining community. Products include seismometers, magnetometers, seismic systems, geophones, DC resistivity & IP systems, spectrometers, magnetic susceptibility meters, ground penetrating radar, borehole logging probes and other geophysical equipment