South Africa commences celebrations of World Space Week 2015

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Learners working on satellite designs

 We live in an era of great space discoveries, more so than ever in our past. This year's theme of 'Discovery' is meant to highlight the impact space has on our lives and the various discoveries, be they on Earth or in deep space, made by investment and research into space science and technology.

Space is all about Discovery!

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.

World Space week was declared by the General Assembly to be an annual celebration from 4-10 October of the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of humanity.

In South Africa, it was decided to move the commemoration date to 14-18 September 2015 in order to pilot the celebrations before the learners commence with exam preparations (in October).

This week, our teams together with Department of Science and Technology and partner entities will be in the Northern Cape to bring the excitement and impact of space science to the learners and public in this province. The programme for the week aims to reach as many learners in the Northern Province in a radius of about 200km from Kuruman culminating in the official opening of the World Space Week in Kuruman with government VIPs and the public. The teams participating in the opening will be exhibiting and hosting workshops for learners as well.

Running concurrently in the Western Cape will be an interesting Space Talk on life in Antarctica and monitoring the space environment from this remote location. It is a free public lecture on 17 September at 19:00 and you can get more information from

Our mobile Space Lab will also be taking the practical space science experience to learners in the rural Western Cape during this week.

Watch this space for updates from our teams during this week's activities!




Shining a 'Light' on Space this National Science Week

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SANSA will participate in the National Science Week (NSW) 2015 celebrations scheduled to take place from 1-8 August 2015. NSW, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders conducting science-based activities in all nine provinces.

NSW activities will be officially launched by Minister Naledi Pandor, at the University of North West in Mafikeng on 1 August 2015.

The campaign is aimed at celebrating the role that science, mathematics, engineering and technology play in everyday life and inspiring young people to choose studies/ careers in maths and science. This year celebrations will take place under the theme; "The international year of light and light based technologies".

As part of its vision to position South Africa as an international Hub for Space Solutions for the world of the future, SANSA will hold a range of exciting events in five provinces, Eastern cape, Northern cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Western cape. These events include among others; public lectures, open days, learner outreach activities and exhibitions. SANSA is committed to advancing science and technology in development of the knowledge economy of South Africa while contributing value adding products and services in enabling enhanced service delivery.

We hope to have you join our eager teams and learn more about space and how it touches your everyday life. Find our programme here Event NSW.pdf


SANSA Board on oversight visit

The South African National Space Agency was honoured to welcome its Board members on their oversight visit. The purpose of the visit was to get to know the staff members on the ground and to familiarise themselves with the day to day operation of the directorate. Delegations of 11 board members led by the Board chairperson Ms Joy-Marie Lawrence were in attendance. They were welcomed by SANSA CEO Dr Sandile Malinga and his senior management team.

Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director of SANSA welcomed guests and gave a brief summary of all critical staff members and their respective roles. She highlighted progress made  since 2012  particularly the fact that the Directorate  has increased the sensor portfolio from 2 to 5 and the number of products from 2 to 7.

Read more on: SANSA Board on oversight visit

SANSA and UK Space Agency partnering for societal benefit

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On 16 July, Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, on behalf of the UK Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO of the South African National Space Agency. Sir Mark is on an official visit to South Africa to deepen collaboration around science and innovation - one of the central pillars of the UK-South Africa Bilateral relationship.

Sir Mark was accompanied by Chris Lee, Head of International Space Policy at the UK Space Agency, and David Bestwick from Avanti Satellite Communications, one of SANSA's latest UK industry partners.

The MoU provides a framework for collaborative activities and for reviewing areas of common interests in the civil aspects of space and facilitates the interchange of information, technology and personnel.

We are One Africa on Planet Earth


Message from SANSA CEO on Xenophobic attacks across South Africa

We have all seen the recent spate of violent attacks on fellow Africans from across the continent and this has been opposed at every level of Government and by various communities.

As CEO and on behalf of SANSA, I wish to condemn these inexcusable acts of violence and criminality. We re-affirm our commitment to a united Africa and a SANSA that welcomes, appreciates and values our fellow colleagues and students from across the continent.

This morning, Minister Naledi Pandor put out an appeal for her staff at the department and it's entities to take a stand against Xenophobia and use their personal networks to get this message out there. Here is her statement to media on Xenophobia attacks.pdf

I encourage all of you to join this call and not support the violent xenophobic attacks on any human being. Let us unite as One Africa!


Dr Sandile Malinga, SANSA CEO






Public comment sought - SANSA Language policy

1. Preamble

Regulation 3 of the Use of Official Languages Act, Act No 12 of 2012 ("UOLA") requires the entities of the Department of Science and Technology to publish its proposed language policy in the Government Gazette for public comment before proceeding to publish its adopted language policy.

The purpose of the language policy is to provide a framework and guideline for communicating official documentation in at least three (3) official languages. It is the responsibility of the organisation to report against targets set for Government's UOLA.

The policy is intended to deal only with communication by the Agency in official documents and marketing material in at least three (3) official South African laguages and not to duplicate other policies and procedures. The languages identified for initial use are English, IsiZulu and Sepedi. 

Kindly submit any comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16 April 2015

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