• April 30, 2021

Join CSA Global at the GSSA Annual Geoskills Workshop 2021

Published on April 30th, 2021

Join CSA Global Senior Data Geologist, Maria Combrink when she forms part of The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) annual Geoskills Workshop.

Due to popular demand, the GSSA returns between 11 May to 15 June to host their annual workshop, available as a live webinar or as a recorded on-demand programme.

This year’s workshop provides insights to entry level geologists into the many topics not covered at university and will assist you to become a better and more well-rounding geologist.

The Geoskills workshop will aim to cover:

  • What geologists need to know about South African mineral law
  • Mining, mineral processing and metallurgy
  • Survey, engineering geology and hydrogeology (geohydrology)
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Remote sensing, big data/database management and
  • Environmental, Sustainability and Governance issues.

The workshop will also include:

  • Issues on how to make the most of mentoring opportunities
  • Good writing of technical papers, reports, etc
  • Writing an eye-catching CV and how to improve interview techniques.

The presenters are all experienced professionals in their fields and will provide insights into some of the many and varied aspects of the minerals industry.

Day 5 will include a panel discussion featuring several geologists with extensive experience across various aspects of geology. Come and hear their experiences!

About the Presenter

Maria Combrink, Senior Data Geologist

Maria Combrink
Senior Data Geologist

Maria is a Data Geologist with over 10 years’ experience in various data management software solutions and systems with skills that include assay laboratory auditing for gold sampling and assaying, reviewing and creating QAQC and sampling programmes and data governance. Her experience in data management and visualisation encompasses a broad range of data types; including geological, geotechnical, hydrogeological, biodiversity, CRM systems and palaeontological data management. Maria has worked in South Africa, Burkina Faso, Swaziland and Botswana; and is a member of both the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) and The South African Compliance Institute as well as a committee member of Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA).

Title:         ‘What geologists need to know about database management’  (Scheduled Day 4 of the programme).
When:      1 June 2021
Time:        12:00 – 12:45 PM

This 1.5 hour workshop is designed for geologists, geophysicists and professionals working in the mining industry. A strong background in mathematics or previous knowledge of machine learning is not required to undertake this course. If your role is to make sense of your data or to automatize tedious tasks, such as core logging, then this training course is for entirely for you.


The duration of the GSSA workshop is 30 hours and equates to 30 CPD credits on the GSSA Platform and 3 CPD credits on the SACNASP system. Delegates attending the entire workshop or who complete the recorded, on demand programme by 30 November 2021 will receive a certificate of attendance to be able to claim their CPD credits.

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