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 […]

SANSA appoints new director of Earth Observation

Andiswa Mlisa has been appointed as the managing director of the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Earth Observation directorate on 1 October 2017. Before joining the agency, she was the Department of Science and Technology’s Senior Science and Technology representative to the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was […]

Consultations on public imagery requirements

The National Imagery and Mapping Advisory Committee (NIMAC) met on 25 October 2017 in Pretoria to determine government-wide requirements for imagery and mapping. Imagery (aerial imagery and satellite imagery) and maps are valuable sources of information required to undertake the many and varied planning and monitoring tasks of national, provincial and local government, as well […]

Interoperability underpins integrated digital mining

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) sponsored the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group’s (GMSG) Johannesburg Underground Mining Forum 2017, which focused on underground mining innovation, interoperability, autonomous mining, and integrated operations. The forum met in Kempton Park on 20 and 21 September 2017, and was attended by mining operators, mining service […]