Global water quality portal to support UNESCO

Eomap has built a global water quality portal using earth observation and satellite data to support the International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The comprehensive IIWQ World Water Quality Portal will assist with global water quality assessment and capacity building for streams, lakes and rivers. Monitoring water quality is […]

Igniting Eskom Generation: Turning the deadweight into economic fuel

Eskom’s current debt is R350-billion, and it needs to raise a further R150-billion over the next three to four years. This is almost certainly impossible, even with a government guarantee. It would appear that Eskom cannot stay afloat without a gargantuan bailout by the South African government. NERSA’s low electricity price increase announced in December […]

National aerial imagery quality improved

The Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information (NGI), under the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), has improved its digital imagery acquisition by changing its resolution from 0,5 m to 0,25 m ground sample distance (GSD). In 2005, NGI noticed a global trend towards digital image acquisition and decided to acquire its imagery using […]

Addressing shortcomings of land tenure reform in customary land rights

Despite over two decades of intervention, land reform in South Africa is failing [1; 2]. The failure of land reform is attributed to an inappropriate logic of land reform [2], which we link to differences in how land is understood, giving rise to application of inappropriate theory for the context [3, 4]. For land reform […]

Supporting women in science and technology

According to the UN, a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines worldwide. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. “The UN has noted that gender equality and the […]

Mauritian university joins GIS training programme

Esri South Africa and the University of Mauritius have signed a partnership agreement, allowing the entire university access to Esri’s ArcGIS technology. At an event held on 12 January 2018, Vice chancellor Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry joined Patrick McKivergan, managing director of Esri South Africa, in concluding the agreement. The University of Mauritius (UoM) is one […]

Fifty actions to address the Eskom and electricity supply industry mess

A question often asked of me recently by radio and TV presenters, print and electronic media journalists, is what exactly needs to be done by the new Eskom board and chairman in the weeks, months and year ahead to steady the ship and steer the utility in the right direction. Over the last eight months, […]

Cape Town’s water usage map has residents seeing red

The latest weapon in Cape Town’s water saving arsenal is a map that exposes private meter readings to public scrutiny. The initiative has been launched as the city enters the third year of its worst drought on record. Unless residents can cut their daily water use to 50 litres per person, city authorities estimate that […]

Spatial analysis to prioritise spatial investment of social infrastructure

This analysis formed part of a project for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform where the core focus was on the development of differentiated provision standards for locating a range of social facility types. The ultimate aim is to improve access to, and the spatial distribution of, facilities in rural areas, and ensuring […]