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The Space Affairs Act No 84 of 1993 provides the legal framework for matters pertaining to outer space in South Africa. The South African Council for Space Affairs is established under the authority of the Minister of Trade and Industry to exercise regulatory functions and advise the Minister on all space-related matters.

This website provides an overview of the activities of the Council and of the statutory framework for space activities in south Africa.

The Space Council was appointed by the Minister in Cabinet in October 2016 and started their official work in January 2017 with their first meeting hosted by the dti on the 15 February 2017. The Council has undertaken its first leg of the Induction session through site visits of the relevant facilities in the Western Cape, which kicked off at the Hermanus Space Science and ended at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) from the 12-15 of March 2017.

The Space Council has been hard at work supporting the dti with finalising the new space Legislation “South African Outer Space draft Legislation”, which will be taken for public comments in the near future. The second leg of the Induction exercise is scheduled for the 27-28 of June for the Gauteng facilities.

Ms Maruping currently manages technology commercialisation for the SKA. Her previous roles include Executive (Innovation Funding and Pre Commercialisation) at the Technology Innovation Agency, CEO of the Mine Health and Safety Council, Chief Director for Space Science and...
Ms Majaja is currently the Chief Director: Space Affairs at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). She is a former Vice-chairperson of the Council and former member of the Ad hoc Committee for the reviewof the Space Affairs Act No. 84 of 1993...
Adv Makapela is currently a Project and Contract Manager: Aerospace and Composites at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She is a former SACSA member and former Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Space Affairs Act No. 83 of 1994. She is currently..