Small satellite symposium a platform for ideas

South Africa’s first United Nations symposium on small satellite technology, attended by some 140 delegates from 33 countries, drew to a close this week on the campus of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, South Africa. The symposium provided a forum for exchanging ideas between the continent’s leading satellite manufacturers, and also engaged international industry leaders. […]

Navigation network nears completion

Four more Galileo navigation satellites have been launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in mid-December 2017, with only one launch remaining to complete the Galileo constellation and delivering global coverage. Galileo is Europe’s civil global satellite navigation system, which will allow users worldwide to know their exact position in time and space with great precision […]

International charter wins Pecora Award

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has received the William Thomas Pecora Award for providing free satellite imagery, data and information to the global community during times of crises. The annual award recognises outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand Earth, educate the next generation of scientists, inform decision-makers or […]

Finalists in architectural design awards showcased

In November 2017, the South African public was offered a glimpse into the country’s high standard of architectural design as the finalists of the 2017 Corobrik-SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) Awards of Merit were showcased at Menlyn Mall, Pretoria. The awards programme is structured over a period of two years, and conducted in three […]

Standards address mine safety

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recently published two notable standards pertaining to mine safety: ISO 19434:2017 Mining – Classification of mine accidents; and ISO 17757:2017 Earth-moving machinery and mining – Autonomous and semi-autonomous machine system safety. Classification of mine accidents ISO 19434:2017, which is applicable to all surface and underground mines, establishes a […]

Regional migration data hub launched for Southern Africa

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Pretoria has launched the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub) on 24 November 2017. The establishment of the hub is part of organisation’s response to requests by SADC Member States to enhance capacities of Governments to generate accurate and reliable data to better inform […]

Monitoring agricultural production in Africa

Following the successful demonstration of the CropWatch crop monitoring system for South Africa, which was developed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space UK, the agency has joined forces with 16 other participating institutions in Africa and Europe to implement a new project under the European Union […]

Collaborative mapping project recognised for digital sustainability

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community has received an award at the DINACon 2017 Conference for Digital Sustainability. The awards recognised digitalisation projects in Switzerland which generate sustainable benefits for society through digital sustainability. Digital sustainability describes how digital knowledge assets (data, content, software) must be created and made accessible to create the greatest possible benefit for […]

New Zealand calls for South African construction help over record build

New Zealand is calling for expert help from South Africa to fill a construction skills and talent shortages in one of the largest infrastructure and housing projects in the Pacific nation’s history. The country’s government is introducing a special “KiwiBuild” fast track visa system to facilitate the search for construction talent, spearheaded by an international […]

South African ecologists win UN data science award

Scientists at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) have won an award at the United Nations Data for Climate Action Challenge contest for a prototype near-real time monitoring tool that reports on the state and changes in vegetation based on satellite observations. The contest tasked contestants with developing research papers or data visualisations that […]

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