Consultations on public imagery requirements

November 6th, 2017, Published in Uncategorised articles

The National Imagery and Mapping Advisory Committee (NIMAC) met on 25 October 2017 in Pretoria to determine government-wide requirements for imagery and mapping. Imagery (aerial imagery and satellite imagery) and maps are valuable sources of information required to undertake the many and varied planning and monitoring tasks of national, provincial and local government, as well as many of the parastatal organisations.

Bulelwa Semoli from National Geo-spatial Information (NGI) explained to the delegates present that due to government-wide austerity measures, the budget for imagery acquisition had been cut by 60%, necessitating that the acquisition programme be reprioritised. She stated that it was essential to optimise the use of available resources while bearing in mind the needs of users and that efforts be made to avoid the duplication of data

Francis Twumasi and Bulelwa Semoli (NGI) and Aubrey Kekana (SANSA).

Representatives from public sector users of geospatial information (including aerial imagery, satellite imagery, maps and related products) were in attendance to be updated on the work programmes for the next three years. Francis Twumasi from NGI provided detailed feedback on the availability of aerial imagery coverage for 2015 to 2017 and provided details on the 2017/2018 NGI mapping and land cover mapping programmes. He was followed by Aubrey Kekana from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) who reported on the satellite imagery, geo-intelligence and other value-added product offerings from his agency.

Twumasi then ran through the user requirements for the imagery acquisition programme and image characteristics, topographic mapping, land use and land cover mapping, and orthopohoto mapping for 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. He urged organisations to submit their imagery requests and to indicate their ability to provide financial support for these programmes.

Contact Bulelwa Semoli, Department Rural Development and Land Reform, Tel 021 658-4356, bulelwa.semoli@drdlr.gov.za

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