Addressing SA’s voter registration crisis

  With looming local government elections and the country in an uproar over the current political leadership, it is immensely concerning to find the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) found wanting by the Public Protector, the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Court. While questions are being asked about the integrity of this once proud piece of […]

Radically rethinking South Africa’s mining operations

  Depressed commodity prices, the continuing economic downturn and pervasive illegal mining activities, have been hitting South Africa’s mining sector hard. Cost cutting plans, retrenchments and even mine closures are the order of the day. While stimulating commodity prices and resuscitating the global economy are beyond the South African mining industry’s scope, the sector has […]

Using GIS to enhance the customer experience

  Today’s economy is highly challenging for the majority of businesses, from retailers to service providers and everyone between. Rather than trying to offer different or better products and services, the key to success today is for businesses to provide their customers with a preferred shopping, or service, experience. Delivering a superior experience requires the […]

The new Geomatics Council and its implications

  The announcement of the appointment of members to the Geomatics Council by Gugile Nkwinti, the minister of rural development and land reform, has been broadly welcomed by the geomatics community. A revisit to a paper by former PLATO president, Paul Marshall, entitled “The way forward for PLATO as a statutory body in the transitionary […]

Managing the drone free-for-all

  Drones have been in the news lately, some for all the right reasons and in many cases for all the wrong reasons.  Drones are nothing more than a new technology – a tool in an ever increasing array of tools. Just as the discovery of fire facilitated human advancement, it also brought with it […]

Food security versus land reform, or not?

  As South Africa enters its worst drought in over 20 years, the balance of power in the food security versus land reform debate has shifted fundamentally.  Speaking at the 2015 Grain SA Congress in early March, the  Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana expressed concern over the impact of drought on food […]