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New Chief Executive Officer - Dr Phindile Masangane




The Board of Directors of Petroleum Agency SA are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Phindile Masangane as the organizations next Chief Executive Officer [CEO] with effect from the 1 May 2020. Dr Masangane brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences in the energy sector. Dr Phindile Masangane is arguably one of the best-qualified women in the South African energy sector.
Dr Phindile Masangane holds a PhD in Chemistry, an MBA from Wits Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr Masangane had overseen the development and commercialization of all CEF Group renewables, alternative and new technology advancements through strategic partnerships with private and public sector entities. She has vast experience in developing, deal structuring and financing of renewable energy projects. She has participated in national energy policy development, including for biofuels, renewables and the gas programme. Dr Masangane previously worked for KPMG, SANERI and EDI Holdings.
The appointment of Dr Masangane marks a new chapter in Petroleum Agency SA’s history as the organization embarks on a path to work towards securing stability, growth in the Oil & Gas Sector and to dominate the Energy Sector.

Restriction Notice

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The Minister of Mineral Resources has published a notice in terms of section 49(1) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act No.28 of 2002) (MPRDA) restricting the granting of new applications for Technical co-operation Permits, Exploration and Production Rights pending the publication of a notice of invitation for applications.
It is significant to note that the restriction does not affect the exclusive rights conferred by the MPRDA on holders of Technical Co-operation Permits and Exploration Rights to apply for Exploration Rights or Production Rights respectively, as the case may be, and applications that were lodged prior to the publication notice. The restriction by the Minister is part of a licensing strategy that is primarily aimed at using licensing as a tool to achieve the transformation ideal encapsulated in section 2(d) of the MPRDA and  fast-track exploration. To that end, Petroleum Agency is currently working on the modalities and processes that will inform the invitation for application dispensation as approved by the Minister of Mineral Resources.
Kind Regards,
Ms Lindiwe Mekwe | Acting Chief Executive Officer|
Petroleum Agency SA

Totals Brulpadda discovery

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On Thursday, the 7th February, 2019, Total issued a press release stating that the Brulpadda 1Ax well, situated to the south east of Mossel Bay,
175 km offshore, had intersected a total of 57m of reservoir interval in the Albian section of the southern Outeniqua Basin. They also announced the discovery of a large gas condensate resource.
This discovery is the culmination of many years of work. In 2001, Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), who had just acquired the block through the buy-out of Ranger Oil, acquired 3700 line km of 2D data in the block. read more...

New electronic publications are now available


A Regional assessment of the hydrocarbon potential of the East Coast, offshore South Africa.   ISBN: 978-0-6399336-1-0 

A Geoscientific analysis of the hydrocarbon potential of the offshore Gamtoos Basin, South Africa.   ISBN: 978-0-6399336-0-3

Shale gas resource assessment of the southern main Karoo Basin in South Africa.   ISBN: 978-0-620-79457-2

The Coalbed Methane Potential of the Tuli Basin, South Africa.                     ISBN: 978-0-6399336-3-4

The technical team of Petroleum Agency SA has recently completed four new publications.
These externally reviewed reports are available in electronic format from our IS Department.

These publications are available for purchase through the Agency’s data portal.  Please contact Monica Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing and orders.

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