South Africa has a diversity of geological materials such as gold, diamonds, platinum and coal. Mining contributes over 7% to the national economy and is a key employer. Mining activities do however significantly impact the natural environment, through water pollution, biodiversity loss and land use change. Geological surveys investigate features above and beneath a landscape to understand the scope of resources and implications of mining them.
Geological surveyors engage with urban planners, engineers and other development professionals. They can work in offices developing reports as well as often traveling to onsite locations to survey the landscape.
Geological surveyors require an extensive knowledge of mineral economics, mineral properties and land use planning legislation. They will also benefit from:
Survey, measure, calculate and describe land surfaces
Design, compile and revise maps, charts and other surveying documents
Research and report on the development of surveys and land information systems
Maintain technical liaison with relevant specialists
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Surveying at UCT and UKZN
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Surveying at MUT and TUT
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Geomatics at CPUT
National, provincial and local government.
Construction and mining companies.