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 […]

Geocoding provides competitive edge

  Geocoding has historically been confined to the geographical information systems (GIS) arena and had limited use within mainstream business. This is changing as the importance of knowing one’s customer’s location is becoming increasingly obvious for marketing, planning and operational purposes. Location information can bring a vast amount of insight to any business – supporting an enhanced customer […]

Unlocking the promise that space holds for economic growth

  Some say space activity is too expensive. Others say it’s cheap. It’s certainly true that the extraordinary social and economic benefits we see are achieved at a very small percentage of global GDP – less than 0,5%. According to the OECD’s Space Economy at a Glance (2014), the space economy generated USD256,2-billion in revenue […]

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