Chapter Leader: Prof. Hassina Mouri, Dept. of Geology, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chapter Secretary: Refilwe Shelembe
The IMGA Local Chapter in South Africa was established in 2012.
6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Prof. Hassina Mouri.
The IMGA South Africa Chapter won the 2013 IMGA Chapter Stimulus Contest prize of $1000. This support was used to organise the 1st International Symposium in Medical Geology in Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 24-26th of March 2014, which was reported in the June 2014 IMGA newsletter.
The Chapter is planning to host a meeting of local members at the end of 2015.
35th International Geological Congress, 27 Aug – 4 Sept 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. The IMGA Local Chapter is involved in organising a session on Medical Geology at this Congress.
Here is some information on what happened during 2012 and what is going to happen in the near future.
Conferences attended by chapter members: IGC 34 – Brisbane
Hassina Mouri and her PhD student Refilwe Shelembi attended the IGC 34 in Brisbane. Hassina gave an oral presentation during the medical geology session, entitled “Medical Geology in Africa: A review and possible future plans”. She also presented a poster together with Theo Davies on “Geochemical variables as plausible aetiological cofactors in the incidence of some common environmental diseases in Africa”. Refilwe Shelembi presented a poster on her on-going PhD research project entitled “The Pi-lanesberg Alkaline Complex and the Rustenburg Layered Suite: possible sources of contami-nation of groundwater and health impact on North West Province communities, South Af-rica”. During this meeting, Hassina Mouri received the official IMGA Board Certificate of Approval in recognition of the SA Local Chapter. The certificate was delivered by Prof Colin Simpson, former IUGS Councillor and convener of the session on Medical Geology (see photo right).
Medical Geology in SA, plans for 2013/2014
In February 2012, the IMGA Executive Committee approved the request to establish a chapter of Medical Geology in South Africa under the leadership of Prof. Hassina Mouri from the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg (UJ). We have, so far, eight active members, with expertise in various fields of Earth and Medical Sciences. Special welcome to our new members Sabine Verryn (Senior Scientist –XRD, Chair IMA 2014-South Africa), Refilwe Shelembe (PhD student-UJ) and Portia Munyangane (MSc students UJ). The South African Chapter is the second chapter of Medical Geology on the African Continent. At the same time, Hassina Mouri was elected Chair of the Membership Committee and member of the student committee of IMGA.
Amongst the various activities planned in South Africa regarding development of medical geology, the following ARE under consideration: