Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dear All SA-YES Members,

On behalf of the SA-YES executive, We wish you all a happy new month, as well as remind you that you are the backbone of Earth Sciences now and future. 

It is high time we strengthened our relationship on all grounds, to foster a better working environment for YES in South Africa in 2017 and beyond. In lieu of this, I will like to introduce to you our new SA-YES executive body who are poised to facilitate growth and development of the network (find details below).
Your support is needed to make the YES Network grow and thrive. Just as the saying goes: "A lone tree does not make a forest". For us to be successful, we must be attuned to a common cause and harmoniously united in its pursuit. Therefore, all your ideas and suggestions, which will help better SA-YES, are welcomed. 

Have a splendid month ahead


SA-YES network Secretariat

Monday, January 23, 2017

Geoengineering the Climate: Impacts and the Developing World Summer School at Beijing Normal University 17-21 July 2017

Solar Radiation Management (SRM) is the most radical, controversial, and rapidly acting form of geoengineering. SRM is a set of proposals to reduce the impacts of climate change by means such as sulfate aerosol injection or marine cloud brightening. This school will focus on interpreting and analysing computer simulation of SRM from the international Geoengineering Intercomparison project (GeoMIP) consortium of 12 Earth System models. We will also investigate social and ethical aspects of SRM. The GeoMIP simulation and data are from large computer systems that are not available in the developing world, and inaccessible with typical internet speeds. This the school will equip developing world researchers with the state-of-the-art simulation results on geoengineering, and the knowledge of how to use these results in their own studies. 

John Moore, Duoying Ji, Long Cao, Ying Chen (China’s geoengineering program), Pete Irvine (Harvard University), Doug MacMartin (Cornell University), Masa Sugiyama (Tokyo University)
The summer school will train researchers and advanced students with an expertise in their local climate change impacts in the developing world.  The essential local knowledge and impact models needed for understanding and predicting climate change scenarios have not considered geoengineering climates. These impacts may be, for example, in the effects of large storms or typhoons, floods, droughts, or agricultural production. The students will be given GeoMIP data on a disk to keep.

Apply before March 30 by sending a 300 word explanation of your motivation for attending, and current CV. Also indicate if travel support is needed.  For further information and applications please contact John Moore john.moore.bnu (at)

We have limited travel grants available for participants who apply for transport costs. Meals and accommodation will be provided at BNU by the course.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Leadership

On behalf of the entire body of the Young Earth Scientist (YES) Network, South Africa chapter, we will love to wish every YES member a prosperous new year 2017 that will be filled with unspeakable joy and seismic-range advancement in all ramifications.
We will also love to introduce to you our new national coordinator, Mr Zakhele
“A hearty greeting to all SA YES NETWORK Members!
As we welcome the New Year, I thought I’d send my first official greeting to all members of YES Network (SA Chapter). I recently assumed the position of President and National Representative of the SA YES Network and I look forward to the next 2 years of serving and growing this network of young earth scientists.
So, who am I? Well in a nutshell, I grew up in Soweto and went on to adopt the University Pretoria as my second home, where I am currently pursuing my postgraduate studies in climate change related research. Apart from being a rock-star, I enjoy reading (A LOT) and cooking – as well as the eating thereafter. My biggest wish is to (time) travel as much as possible. My colleagues and I look forward to an exciting and fruitful 2017, and I hope you will join us in making this YES Chapter exemplary.”
Kind Regards,
Zakhele H. Nkosi
President and National Representative:
YES Network (SA Chapter)

Kindly meet of our newly appointed National Secretary General, Mr Oluseyi A Abegunde.
Mr Oluseyi is currently a PhD student in Applied Geology at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His research focuses on environmental geochemistry, GIS and its applications, software modelling, geostatistics, water treatment, data analysis, economic geochemistry and minerals geochemistry.
He is experienced in organizing presentations and attained leadership positions within his department and the university both in undergraduate and graduate level. He has presented in local and international conferences and well published.

The new team of executives is poised to take YES network South Africa chapter to the next level. Therefore, we solicit your support as no rocks, no wealth, no nation.
Looking forward, may this New Year find you better, restored, healthier, happier, peaceful, contented, blessed, satisfied, interest revitalized, vision reignited, and succeed in all ramification to make this New Year THE BEST one yet.
Happy New Year
From the office of the Secretary General, YES network SA chapter


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vacant post : South African National Representative

Dear South African YES members

The YES Network is looking for a new National Chapter Representative for South Africa, the requirement are as follows

  • You must be an active South African YES member
  • Physically based in South Africa and studying at one of the South African higher learning institutions Need to be actively involved in Earth Science related activities in your institution or at YES 
  • Need to be passionate about Promoting Earth sciences among young earth scientists 

Responsibilities for the National Chapter representative include the following

  • Prepare plans and budgets for the YES annual action plan (at the country) in collaboration with the national committee members,
  • Develop and execute fundraising strategy for the YES annual action plan (at the country) in collaboration with the national committee members, 
  • Handle all YES National Committee implementing activities and financial aspects under supervision of the Matron/Patron. 
  • Organize scientific forums, sessions, symposiums in your country or regions for YES members
  • Organize annual Geo-educational outreach programme in different parts of South Africa
  • Collaborate with other scientific organizations/institutions within South Africa
  • Participating in all webinar meeting of the network worldwide
  • Participate in local and scientific forums as a South African Representative 

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply, please send your application to Position reference is (South African National Representative). Please quote the position title as reference when submitting your application. Your Application should include CV and recommendation letter from your Institution

Application deadline is 20th October 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Young Earth Scientist (YES) Network Activities during the 35th International Geological Congress

The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years from universities, earth science organizations and companies from across the globe. The YES Network was formed as a result of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2007. In 2009, in collaboration with the IYPE and under the patronage of UNESCO, the YES Network organized its first international Congress at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, China. The Congress focused on climate, environmental and geoscience challenges facing today’s society, as well as career and academic pathway challenges faced by early-career geoscientists. The YES Network aims to establish an interdisciplinary global network of individuals committed to solving these challenges, and furthering the IYPE motto of Earth Sciences for Society”. Currently YES Network has over 4000 members from over 120 countries.

Approximately 148 YES members from over 30 countries attended the 35th IGC. The YES Network coordinated a number of activities, which include three scientific sessions, YES Annual General Meeting (AGM) as well as a One day field trip. The AGM provided a good platform for YES members to engage with one another and National Representatives gave a short presentation about their activities in their respective countries. National chapters presented include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Malaysia, Iran, and China just to mention the few. The AGM meeting was followed by the YES social dinner event. The YES Network also organized a one day field tour on the rocks and mountains of Cape Town with a focus on local geology. The field trip was organized and led by Ms Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, with the kind assistance of Mr. Nick Baglow and JP Hunt. The field tour stops include Signal Hill, Sea Point Contact, Hout Bay Beach, Chapmanspeak drive, Cape Point and the Boulders Beach.

During the closing ceremony of the 35th IGC, the YES Network presented two awards namely, Best Poster from a Young Earth Scientist at 35th IGC, which was awarded to Mr. Manuel Nopeia (YES Mozambique) and Best Abstract Competition in Applied Geochemistry supported by YES Network and IUGS/IAGC Task Group on Global Geochemical Baselines, which was awarded to Mr. Putra Herianto (YES Indonesia)

We would like thank the 35th IGC LOC, Council for Geoscience, Geological Society of Africa, European Geological Surveys, Earth Science Matters Foundation, International Union of Geological Sciences, and Kroceus outdoor clothing company for their kind support.

Some of the YES members after the AGM meeting during the 35th IGC

Some of the YES members at the YES stand From Left- Felix Cumbano & Manuel Nopeia(YES Mozambique), Josephine Uushona &Giesberta Shaanika (YES Namibia) Ephraim Kamethe (Democratic Repubic of Congo)

Some of the YES members at the YES stand: From Left Arpita Pankaj (YES India), Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi and Valerie Nxumalo (CGS/YES South Africa)

Some of the YES members at the YES stand during the 35th IGC 

YES participants at the YES stand: From Left- Khodani Matshusa, Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, Sihle Sogayise (CGS/YES South Africa) and Eduardo de Mulder (Earth Science Matters Foundation)

Field trip participants at Signal Hill, Cape Town
Some of the Field trip participants at Cape Point. From Left Taryyn Lee (YES USA), Elyvin Nkhonjera (YES Malawi), Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi (CGS/YES South Africa)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

35th International Geological Congress to be held in Cape Town in 2016

Dear YES members

As you are aware, the 35th International Geological Congress is going to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa next year, 27 August – 4 September 2016.

We would like to see as many Young  Earth Scientists possible at the 35th IGC and this is an appeal to you  to visit our website for abstract submission and registration information. We are also kindly requesting that the attach poster below be shared at different platforms including your local Information Centres/Libraries for wide visibility of this Congress

Thank you and looking forward to welcome you all next year in Cape Town

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The AL du Toit Memorial Lecture Tour ( Sept -Oct 2014)

33rd  AL du Toit Memorial Lecture

After a couple of years of nonexistence, the GSSA Polokwane branch took it upon their sleeves to also be among the hosts of the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture, hosted at the University of Limpopo.

Dr Alexander Logie Du Toit (1878-1948) is an eminent South African field geologist, famous for being one of the supporters of the Alfred Wegner’s theory of continental drift. His work added a great knowledge on various aspects of geology in South Africa. Travelling on foot or riding on his bicycle he was able to map most geological boundaries in South Africa and detailed his geological work in scientific papers and books. After his death the GSSA instituted a series of memorial lectures across southern Africa, these are delivered every two years by an admired scientist in honour of his great work.
This year, the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture was presented by another esteemed South African geologist, Prof Nic Beukes.  His research career focuses on sedimentary basin analyses with emphasis on manganese(Mn) and iron(Fe) ore deposit formation.  The lecture titled “genesis and paleoenvironmental significance of Precambrian sedimentary Feand Mn deposits with special reference to the history of free oxygen in the ocean and atmosphere” is being delivered across 12 places throughout southern Africa.
My highlights of the talk were how he addressed the schools of thought which support banded iron formation (BIF), their environments of formation (anaerobic and aerobic conditions) and their timing in Precambrian.  He showed evidence of free O2 in the oceans and atmosphere in Neoproterozoic before the Great Oxidation Event (~ 2.35 Ga), noticeable by the relative abundance of BIF in the Precambrian record,  Isua, W Greenland (~ 3.8Ga) as an excellent example.
BIFs occur as combinations of cherts, haematite/ magnetite with carbonates andare usually interbedded with manganese (MnO2 formed by carbon degradation) as seen in the Hotazel Formation of the Transvaal SG.
Prof Beukes presented his findings on the striking similarities between the Transvaal and Hamersley basin (on the Kaapvaal and Pilbara cratons). He used a basin analysis approach: showing contrasts or lack thereof sedimentary facies, palaeomagnetics, geochemistry of these interlayered BIF and manganese (Mn) successions. How these resemble restricted back –arc basins and possibilities of a single basin, Vaalbara???
The audience: the young scientists and  professionals
There is a noteworthy disappearance/appearance of these deposits throughout geological record. He attributed the episodic disappearance/appearance to be relatively dependant on volcanism and tectono-eustatic sea-level. Tectono-eustatic sea level changes due to glaciations are plausible hence the stratigraphic occurrence of these deposits with glaciomarine deposits.
The lecture presented gave the audience more than what was expected, the use of  micro and macro scale examples suggesting  the presence of free O2 in the atmosphere and oceans in the Archaean and on formation and structure of these interbedded Mn and Fe deposits.

I was personally bewildered by an outsized number of young scientists amongst the audience both from the industry (Anglo Platinum, Bokoni Platinum, and the Council for Geosciences) and the academic end of the geological spectrum (professional scientists and students from the University of Venda and the host institution). The lecture really appealed to both ends of the spectrum.  

 As a young scientist I am inspired to follow in the steps of these two greatest geologists to go out and discover and capture the greatest geological phenomenon and add value in the research community and I hope I share the same sentiments with each and every young scientist who attended the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture.

Prof Nic Beukes sandwhiched by the two ladies in the front row with the organising team

A special thanks to the official sponsors GSSA,  Assmang and  ofcourse the host institution - University of Limpopo.