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Geomatics: Addressing the elephants in the room

Following the successful AfricaGEO 2018 Conference in Gauteng, please allow me to share a few observations. After the provisional conference programme was announced, I was excited about the various sessions relating to challenges in the geomatics profession. Despite its profound history, the geomatics profession (particularly land surveying) is becoming less popular compared to professions such […]

New national projection and cartesian coordinate system proposed

. South Africa is planning to change its national coordinate and projection system, which has profound consequences for surveying, mapping, engineering and high accuracy positioning applications, and for measurement more generally. The proposed changes are open for public comment until 30 November 2018. South Africa currently uses the Gauss Conform Projection (a special case of […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

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 […]

Open online course on sustainable construction and development

The Chartered Institute of Building Academy is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on sustainable development. This follows the success of the first construction-focused MOOC which the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ran last year, attracting more than 3000 construction professionals in over 100 countries. The five-week interactive course, which kicked off in […]

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 […]

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 […]