Fort Hare University hosts Alex du Toit Memorial Lecture


The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA), in collaboration the Department of Geology at the University of Fort Hare, will host the 31st public Alex du Toit Memorial Lecture on Friday, September 10,2010.

The lecture, presented by Professor Terence McCarthy (pictured) of the Wits School of Geosciences and entitled "The Okavango Delta and its place in the geomorphological evolution of Southern Africa", will take place at the Staff Centre.

Alex du Toit is best remembered for his books on continental drift and the geology of Southern Africa. Less well known are his important scientific contributions to our understanding of the geomorphological evolution of Southern Africa, including the Okavango Delta. Du Toit carried out detailed surveys in 1925, including what was possibly the first-ever photo-geological survey in Southern Africa.

This year's Alex du Toit Memorial Lecture will review our understanding of this evolution from the break up of Gondwana, which began some 130-million years ago, to the present, highlighting Du Toit's contributions to the subject.

The talk is aimed at those with a general interest in science and the world around us. It will focus on the Okavango Delta, examining how it formed, how it works and how processes currently in place will ultimately destroy it.

McCarthy has authored and co-authored three books and published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. He is the winner of the Jubilee and Draper Medals of the GSSA and is a Fellow of the GSSA and the Royal Society of South Africa.

Story By Unathi Jaza