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 […]

How modern gas turbines achieve excellent environmental performance at high load

This article explains how the gas turbines used at the Dedisa and Avon peaking power plants – which were highlighted in the June 2016 edition of Energize (“Privately owned peaking power station nears completion”) – achieve their environmental performance with lower NOx emissions even when operating at peak load. Dedisa and Avon peaking power stations […]

Download: Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options handbook

Please complete and submit the form below to receive the handbook (7,5 MB PDF) free-of-charge by return email. The US Department of Energy recently published a handbook authored by a number of African contributors amongst others, which focuses on the benefits African countries can derive from the development of liquid natural gas (LNG) resources on the continent. […]

Pressure mounts as data protection deadline looms

Once the Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (PoPI Act) is made effective, companies will have a year grace period to become compliant with the act. In the meantime, agreements between corporate clients and their suppliers are already being updated to require compliance with data processing provisions contained in the act. This year’s first quarter […]

Utilising geo-information in times of crises

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The study will aid in developing a series of future pilots to advance the state of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction globally. […]