The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

New head at helm of Space Agency

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Val1Dr Val Munsami

Dr Valanathan Munsami has been appointed as a successor to Dr Sandile Malinga, as the new CEO for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) effective from 3 January 2017.

Dr Malinga left the Agency in August 2016 following five years as inaugural CEO and Board member, Mr Potlaki Maine was appointed as interim CEO to manage the agency during the appointment process of a permanent CEO. The Agency appreciates the efforts of both Dr Malinga and Mr Maine for their valuable leadership of this young organisation.

Dr Munsami takes the helm following an impactful past in shaping South Africa's space science landscape. He has held a number of positions within the Department of Science and Technology, with the latest position held being the Chief Science and Technology Representative of the Department of Science and Technology since February 2016.


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Natural Wonders of South Africa Series – Table Mountain

SPOT6/7 imagery of Table Mountain, Cape Town. The imagery acquired between 25 March and 6 July, 2015 shows the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs.

On 2 December, 2012 Table Mountain was officially inaugurated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world in a ceremony held at the foot of the Mountain in Cape Town. The flat-topped mountain forms a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa and is significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain also forms part of a National Park and is home to an unusually rich biodiversity consisting predominantly of several different types of the unique and rich Cape fynbos.

Image credits: Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. SPOT6: Copyright © 2013 Airbus DS. All rights reserved. SPOT6: Copyright © 2014 Airbus DS. All rights reserved.


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