New tool to assess resilience and fragility in African countries

The African Development Bank has created and refined a new tool to diagnose fragility in countries, considering their capacities and pressures they may be under. Called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA), the tool offers a new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the […]

Municipal spending and revenue down qaurter-on-quarter

South Africa’s 257 municipalities spent a total of R88,6-billion in the quarter ended June 2018, 18% more than the R75,1-billion spent during the quarter ended March 2018. Municipal revenue was down, however, falling by 6% over the same period, from R87,6 billion (March quarter) to R82,6 billion (June quarter). Stats SA’s latest Quarterly financial statistics […]

Weather data for building analysis software

Trimble and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have announced that CIBSE’s industry-standard Design Summer Year (DSY) and Test Reference Year (TRY) weather information is now available in Sefaira’s building analysis products. The implementation unlocks greater opportunities for high-quality building performance analysis and dynamic thermal modelling, which are required for all new projects […]

Standardised markup for rectified and referenceable imagery

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved version 2.1 of the GML in JPEG 2000 (GMLJP2) Encoding Standard, allowing standardised markup for rectified and referenceable imagery. The standard defines how Geography Markup Language (GML) is used within JPEG 2000 images and other gridded coverage data. GML, in this case, can be used to add geospatial […]

Agreement to support industrial development in space science

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have renewed a memorandum of understanding which will see greater support in implementing the space strategies of the Department of Science and Technology and the African Union. The renewed agreement, signed in Pretoria by the CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani […]