New head at helm of Space Agency

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.

SANSA intensifies processing and dissemination of Biophysical Parameters from Sentinel-2

Sample imagesResponding to the increased user demand of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and other important biophysical parameters from the recently launched Sentinel-2 satellite, SANSA has intensified its processing of Sentinel-2 data to meet these user demands. SANSA is confident that this work will contribute to the Global Climate Observing System's ECVs that are required to monitor current and historical environmental and climate linked phenomena.

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SANSA welcomes interim CEO










(LtoR) Mr Potlaki Maine, Ms Joy-Marie Lawrence (Baord Chairman) and Dr Sandile Malinga

On 1 September, SANSA welcomed Mr Potlaki Maine as Acting Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of former CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga.

Dr Malinga has been with the Agency since inception and developed the strong foundation for SANSA to fulfil its mandate. He has left after six successful years establishing SANSA to take up the role of COO at ATNS.

Mr Maine is a seasoned IT professional and campaigner who has held a number of senior roles in the public and private sector, including being appointed as a founding Board Member of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in 2010 and further reappointed in 2014.

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.




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