Message from the President of the Royal Society of South Africa

I am delighted to welcome you to the Royal Society of South Africa’s website. We are proud to present this new webpage, as window into our membership and the activities of the Royal Society in South Africa.

The Royal Society of South Africa stands for the promotion of science and the value of science in society. The RSSAf is a society of scholars and experts, whose voices should be heard and whose contributions and leadership should be highly visible. We uphold the principles of leadership and excellence in scholarly activities and we value our independence as a scholarly organisation. We are proud of our openness to debate on topical and scholarly matters.

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A tribute to Bob Scholes

Two award-winning Fellows of the RSSAf speak about their passion


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A challenge from our Fellow Richard Cowling…

South Africa is the only country at the #G7 which has not committed to protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

South Africa’s waters are some of the most biodiverse and important globally.

Yet only 1% are highly protected. And several iconic species, such as the African penguin, are at risk of extinction.

We need to be good ancestors. Protecting 30% of the world’s oceans is a commitment to our children’s very survival.

I urge President @CyrilRamaphosa to ensure South Africa is part of this historic movement. #30×30