International occupational health and safety standard published

The international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) has been published in March 2018. ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, provides a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. Designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries, the […]

Invitation to attend the inaugural AGM of SAESA

. You, your colleagues, business associates and all interested companies and persons are cordially invited to attend the the inaugural AGM of the newly-formed South African Energy Storage Association (SAESA). DATE: 26 March 2018 TIME: 16h00 to 18h00 VENUE: Conference room 2.1, GE offices, 60 Glenhove Road, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg Meeting room 5, Workshop 17 […]

Managing heritage resources in the digital age

The South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS) online content management system allows South Africans to play a role in the preservation and conservation of their heritage, and offers the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) a way to effectively coordinate the management of heritage resources.  The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is the […]

Young scientists put data to work in solving problems

A group of young data science students could have the answer to help prevent fatalities in South African mines due to seismic activity and rock bursts, with the development of an early warning and monitoring system called “Rock Pulse”. The students are part of a group participating in the Data Science for Impact and Decision […]

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 […]