SAGI AGM: president’s report, tariffs and access problems

Members of the South African Geomatics Institute’s (SAGI) Northern Provinces branch met in Roodepoort on 13 April 2018 for the branch’s annual general meeting. The role of the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC), professional tariffs and problems with the Surveyor General website were discussed, and the institute’s president delivered his annual report. SACG’s Nape Mojapelo, […]

New standard for facility management

Concerned with the management, operation and maintenance of an organisation’s facilities, facility management is a discipline that needs to balance the rapidly changing needs and demands of the various stakeholders it serves with effective, safe and sustainable business needs. It affects the health and well-being of all those who come in contact with an organisation […]

SA cities strive for zero-carbon building

Mayors of Tshwane, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to introduce requirements ensuring all new buildings are energy efficient, cutting electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions. C40 Cities South Africa Buildings Programme, launched today in Tshwane, aspires to make zero carbon buildings standard practice across South African cities High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed for […]

Summit to focus on urbanism and sustainability

The 2018 RICS Summit Africa is scheduled to take place on 30 and 31 May 2018 in Sandton under the theme “Driving sustainable growth through smart urbanisation”. This year the summit will focus on how Africa can build smarter and more sustainable cities to better deal with its high levels of urbanisation and global climate […]

International geo-conference programme announced

International geospatial trade fair and conference InterGEO is kicking off its 2018 event with the launch of its conference programme. Themed “Geoinformation – the DNA of digitalisation”, this year’s event focuses on the digital transformation of business and society. From 16 to 18 October 2018, the conference in Frankfurt, Germany will contextualise key developments and […]

Pricing of spatial information

The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) developed the Policy on the Pricing of Spatial Information Products and Services in consultation with the Geoinformation community to promote access to spatial information and to ensure consistency in the pricing of spatial information products and services provided by data custodians. Most importantly, the policy ensures the affordability and […]

Radar satellite launched for Copernicus

Copernicus Sentinel-3B was launched on 25 April 2018, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme.  The mission is expected to begin routine operations after five months. “This is the seventh launch of a Sentinel satellite in the last four […]

National land cover classes and definitions published

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has recently published the National Land Cover Classes and Definitions standards booklet, available for download at The process of the development and updating of National Land Cover classes and definitions standard for South Africa started in 2016 through the South African Group on Earth Observation […]

Space weather warning centre upgraded

The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, located in Hermanus in the Western Cape, has recently been upgraded. Unveiled by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, the facility is the only regional warning centre for Africa and integral to protecting satellites, the continent’s national power grids, communications […]