South African satellite to support Operation Phakisa

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, participated in a ceremony to send off South Africa’s second nanosatellite to India, where it will be launched on 18 July 2018. ZACUBE-2 will provide remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African […]

GISSA discusses geographers’ roles in creating safer cities

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa’s (GISSA) KwaZulu-Natal branch met on 8 March 2018 in Drummond to discuss safe cities and how the geospatial industry can contribute to this in the South African and greater African context. Two fundamental questions, which are important for geographers and policy makers, are: what makes us feel safe, and […]

Standard to aid consistent identification of hydrologic features

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the WaterML 2: Part 3 – Surface Hydrology Features standard, which forms part of the suite of standards that groups water-related OGC standards. It defines a model for identification of surface hydrologic features, such as catchments, water bodies, and confluences, to support applications like modelling of surface water […]

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 […]

Scoping high-res satellite imagery for national development

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry hosted the Space for National Development Week from 12 to 15 March 2018. The event brought together the space sector and its stakeholders to promote and coordinate space technologies. A panel discussion on defining the […]