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

SANSA showcase at SciFest 2015


NASA astronaut, Dr Catherine Coleman at the SANSA stand with eager learners.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) to raise awareness for the achievements of light science, its applications and critical importance to humankind.

The 'light'' theme will run through the Annual SciFest Africa Festival in Grahamstown from 18-24 March this year. SANSA will, once more, be an active participant with programmes and projects that connects to this theme.

The SANSA team will be engaging with thousands of learners and members of the public during the festival at a space-themed exhibition stand. We will also present workshops and give demonstrations about the work we do.

The workshops themes include:

At the speed of light – exploring the electromagnetic spectrum and how it affects various facets of our daily lives.

Fundisa – a practical demonstration on the Fundisa disk and how it is used to address some problems we encounter on Earth.

Operator – understanding artificial satellites and opportunities for careers in the field.

Upside down light – insight into how light behaves through practical experiments.

SciFest has been and remains a good platform for SANSA to share what we do in the context of other entities of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and also give us a wide exposure to different stakeholder groups. Attending this year is also a senior delegation from our partner agency, NASA, who have also planned an exciting programme of engagement to get the youth excited about space.

Celebrating four years in space


With the successful launch of Sputnik over five decades ago, mankind began on the journey into the space age.

Today, agreements in space exploration and the application of space technologies have become integral to addressing earth and humanities challenges with a constant eye to the future of our existence and growing understanding of our history in the universe.

As a technologically advancing country and part of the global village, South Africa is increasingly becoming dependent on space based technologies and applications. This country has a rich history of space investment, dating back to the 1950s, thus enabling us to be an active participant in the global space arena. As space science and technology remain one of the five grand challenges for South Africa in the Ten-Year Innovation Plan, the South African National Space Agency was born on 9 December 2010 through the Department of Science and Technology.

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