Responding 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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(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.
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.
SANSA staff and stakeholders gathered for a informal commemoration of the successful foundational phase of SANSA and were addressed by the CEO, Board Chairperson and colleagues from Department of Science and Technology. Messages acknowledged the challenges, successes and committment from staff, leadership, the Board and our stakeholders over the past five years.
SANSA executive and key stakeholders at the event
The messages can be accessed here: