Mapping natural woodland burial grounds

To locate individual burial plots with confidence, even when they are covered by trees and plants, as well as plan future burial plot use and manage the site, surveyors were tasked to create an accurate, electronic map of a burial park. Since the 1990s, the concept of woodland burial parks has become increasingly popular. As […]

Multidimensional poverty mapping of the Gauteng City Region

Following the Gauteng City Region Observatory’s (GCRO) earlier multidimensional poverty map based on 2013 data, this article presents an update based on Quality of Life Survey IV (2015/16) survey data to show how a multidimensional poverty map of the Gauteng City Region was created. Poverty is often measured in terms of income. An alternative approach […]

Mapping endangered mammals for conservation

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and SANBI, in collaboration with multiple partners, recently revised the 2004 national Red List of Mammals, a list which helps to identify regional populations that are of global importance for the conservation of the species. Mapping is a key aspect of the red listings process, with the below article providing […]

Irregular municipal expenditure up by 75%

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is concerned about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16,2-billion in the previous year to R28,4-billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General’s report. While CESA acknowledges the significant effort made by municipalities in 2016/17 to identify and report on irregular expenditure incurred […]

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National […]

BIM classification system announced

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Elemental Class Version 1– a BIM classification system – has been developed for architects to organise or tag elements and objects for construction requirements, products and activities. The classification system is derived from the ASAQS Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating 2016. This is a significant step forward for […]

Industry-assisted technical training the way forward for SA

The government has committed itself to intensify its focus on the training of young people in technical artisan trades to reduce unemployment and foster entrepreneurship in South Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Technical Education for Communities (TEC) initiative at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college in Sebokeng recently, Naledi […]

Guidelines for coastal lidar

This article provides guidance to technical and non-technical coastal practitioners regarding the required precision of airborne lidar data for the typical coastal applications, output formats and value-added products. It also touches on issues of flight campaign planning and a national coastal lidar inventory. Highly accurate and detailed topographic information has been identified as being crucial […]

Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes

Following the open public debate on 10 May 2018 on the restructuring of Eskom entitled: “Should Eskom be restructured, and if so how and when?”, we have pleasure in providing a comprehensive record of the debate, including: videos of the presentations; a summary article of the debate; the full slide deck of all presentations at […]