Hydrographic Society of South Africa NPC

The Hydrographic Society of South Africa

The Hydrographic Society of South Africa (HSSA) is a non-profit company whose aim is to promote the profession of Hydrography in Southern Africa, both within the industry and to the general public.

Contact Name: Waldo Fourie, Gaynor Deacon, or Steve Smith
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Tel: Waldo: 071 2116844, Gaynor: 072 831 4046, or Steve: 071 266 0211
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News & Announcements

HSSA General Meeting

  • Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 at 4pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Chartroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club

    The HSSA will be holding a General meeting along with the annual Hypack user conference being…

HSSA General Meeting

  • Thursday, 6th June 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Royal Cape Yacht Club

    We will holding our first General meeting for 2019, and the meeting will be hosted by Corporate…

Congratulations Mr J H Raubenheimer

Posted by Hydrographic Society South Africa, Wednesday, 13th March 2019 @ 10:57am

  • We are pleased to announce that the Hydrographic Society of South Africa has bestowed Mr J H Raubenheimer with a Lifetime Honorary Membership to the Society in recognition of his 44 year career in the Geomatics and Hydrographic industry.

    Raubie is the first recipient of this award, and we wish him well in his retirement and look forward to seeing him at any of our future meetings and events.

    Congratulations Raubie.



  • Tuesday, 12th March 2019 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Chartroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club

    Good day All,

    We are planning to have our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th March…

    • 11 people attended

HSSA Social event

  • Friday, 14th December 2018 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: Groot Constantia

    Aubrey proposed a social get-together and networking event for end of year at our last General…

    • 3 people attended

General Meeting

  • Tuesday, 20th November 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Chartroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club

    We are planning the next general meeting to which you are invited.

    Corporate member…

    • 17 people attended

HSSA General Meeting

  • Tuesday, 4th September 2018 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Chartroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club

    Good day All,

    You are invited to attend the next General Meeting of the Hydrographic…

    • 19 people attended

World Hydrography Day - Durban

  • Thursday, 21st June 2018 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: University of Kwazulu Natal

    You are invited to Join us on Thursday 21st June from 13h00 to 16th00 to celebrate World…

    • 3 people attended

World Hydrography Day - Cape Town

  • Thursday, 21st June 2018 at 3pm - 7pm
    Location: University of Cape Town

    Join us on Thursday 21st June from 15h00  
    to celebrate
    World Hydrography…

    • 8 people attended

Annual Subscriptions

  • Thursday, 26th April 2018 (all day)

    Dear All,

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About HSSA

Initially formed in 1982, the Society flourished.  Since 2003, the Society welcomed a new and vibrant committee and dedicated membership. General meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis in Cape Town with potential to create regional sub meetings in other areas around Southern Africa. 

The resurgence of the Society is evident in the continual increase in both Corporate and Individual Memberships and the number of new faces at each general meeting. 

Individual members make up the bulk of the Society’ membership, although the corporate members contribute the majority of funds to the Society in order to keep the HSSA financially stable.

Local Activities

The Society promotes the Hydrographic profession by:

  • Organising HSSA Technical Awareness Seminar (TAS).  These seminars showcase the latest innovations in hydrographic technology and practices. The format of technical presentations balanced with hand-on equipment demonstrations’ and an exhibition has been well received by all delegates, the last being held in 2007, which paved the way to hosting of the inaugural Hydro9 IFHS conference to be held in Africa.  
  • Funding, assisting in setting up, and presenting an accredited Hydrographic Course in conjunction with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  
  • Ensuring the Society, and by association, Hydrographic professionals & students are represented at the various Regulatory, Accreditation & Training bodies.         
  • Holding bi-monthly General meetings (normally on the first Tuesday of the month at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, or other suitable venues in and around Cape Town) with snacks & refreshments. The local and International guest speakers at these meetings have provided a diverse and interesting variety of topics leading to some very enjoyable Q & A sessions afterwards.

International Activities

  •  The HSSA sits on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) and provides its members a global voice to other hydrographic institutes and professionals. More recently, has representation on the council of PLATO to represent the Hydrographic Surveyors in South Africa.

New Developments

The Society updates its Facebook page to include all past and forthcoming meeting information as well as any other interesting Society activities. 

Future Events
Planning is already well underway for the HSSA to host Hydro 2015 here in Cape Town.  The inaugural IFHS Hydro conference Hydro9 was held in Cape Town in November 2009, and the success of this event serves as a platform to increase and improve the Hydro 2015 conference and exhibition.

Membership is not restricted to Hydrographic professionals and current membership includes people from such disciplines as Students, Lecturers, Oceanographers, Marine Electronic Engineers, ex Seafarers, Marine Service Companies, etc. Anyone who has an interest in the subject or marine sciences in general is welcome to attend our meetings and become a member of the HSSA.

Those wishing to join the Society should contact Steve or Genevieve on the contact details found below.  Member’s guests are always welcome to attend the General meetings.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Hydrographic Society of Africa.

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