Farewell to SANSA CEO

 MG 6849 Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO

After spending more than a decade in the South African space science and technology sector first as a researcher and then as senior manager/executive, Dr Sandile Malinga, Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), will be leaving SANSA to expand his horizons at another South African company with effect from 1 September 2016.

Highly-respected in South Africa, and highly-accomplished, Dr Malinga is recognised for his contribution to SANSA, since its inception, through visionary, innovative and effective business strategies and operational plans that have enabled significant and progressive transformation. While carrying out his management roles at SANSA he has produced a number of postgraduate students including two doctoral graduates.

With a PhD in Physics, and as a space physics researcher, Dr Malinga is well published and quoted in recognised international scientific and technology journals: testimony to his expertise in his field. He has contributed significantly to the achievements of the space agency and provided direction and leadership to staff and stakeholders as the first CEO of the Agency.

We appreciate the hard work and commitment displayed by Dr Malinga during his tenure and we wish him a successful future in his new role as we also look forward to continuing our contribution to society under new leadership.




Speeches at SANSA anniversary event

SANSA staff and stakeholders gathered for a informal commemoration of the successful foundational phase of SANSA and were addressed by the CEO, Board Chairperson and colleagues from Department of Science and Technology. Messages acknowledged the challenges, successes and committment from staff, leadership, the Board and our stakeholders over the past five years.


SANSA executive and key stakeholders at the event

The messages can be accessed here:

SANSA 5 year anniversary speech by Board Chairman Joy-Marie Lawrence.pdf

CEO Speech - SANSA Fifth Year Anniversary A3.pdf



Space Agency commemorates 5 years


Read the new SAC Book here

banner-1Satellite Application Centre (SAC) book 

The Satellite Application Centre (SAC) book was created in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeesthoek, now incorporated under the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and known as Space Operations. The idea of this commemorative book was born in 2010 and the aim was to bring to life SAC's participation in major space programmes, from the pioneering NASA days in the 1960s and 1970s, to the launch of SumdandilaSat, South Africa's own, locally manufactured micro Earth observation satellite in 2009. The SAC story however, began in 1957 when a Minitrack Station was established in South Africa to support the United States space research programme and the launch of the world's first artificial satellite by the Russians known as Sputnik-1. The CSIR's involvement in both these activities set the course for South Africa's participation in space activities.

The SAC period brought closure to South Africa's first era in space exploration, however, the current era, steered by SANSA has brought about an increasing reliance on space-based applications to address major societal challenges in the country and worldwide. This website has been created to extend the scope of the book with contributions from everyone who shared the SAC journey. We take pleasure in inviting colleagues, partners, families and friends locally and abroad with an interest, or who participated in SAC's history, to share memories, stories and photographs on this site so that the SAC story lives on. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to the development of this book.


Highlighting the latest performance at SANSA

 In an effort to remain transparent and relevant, we bring you the SANSA Year-to-date performance highlights. Should you wish to review the Annual report for 2014/15 Financial Year, it can be found here




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