Posts tagged as South Africa

SA population statistics updated to 2018 values

Planners and decision makers need current population statistics to understand the size and distribution of demand for services and products. AfricaScope South Africa has updated the population statistics data from the last national census in 2011 to the 2018 values at an enumeration area level for South Africa. Demographic data such as gender, age and […]

South African software developer turns 30

This year Model Maker Systems is celebrating its 30th year in business. The company was founded in August 1989 by Carel Viljoen and Ben van den Heever, who worked independently on similar software solutions since 1984 without knowing about one another’s work. Late in 1985 they started working together to provide a bureau service to […]

New high quality GNSS receiver

ProtSurv Geo Centre now stocks the Hi-Target iRTK5, a new high quality GNSS receiver which benefits from the next-generation BD990 GNSS engine and supports the PPP service. It offers full band support for cellular mobile networks (LTE, WCDMA, Edge, GPRS, GSM), and supports most of the radio protocols on its internal UHF transceiver radio. The […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis. Corruption and state capture have been identified as the bedrock reasons why South Africans have been thrown into darkness over the past two […]

Foreword to the Department of Energy’s annual report for 2017/2018

The National Development Plan is our nation’s overarching plan that seeks to fulfil the aspirations of the majority of South Africans, and black people in particular. It underpins our developmental endeavours and informs the policies and strategies spearheaded by government. It is the blueprint and programme to build on our achievements, and to decisively confront […]

Website offers free addressing service

A new South African website was recently launched with the goal to help people find their way, whether they are just travelling down the road or on a long journey. Overhere (www.overhere.co.za) provides a free service that enables people to share and interpret physical addresses in only six to seven characters, called Mapcodes. These are […]

Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom

. There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his forthcoming state-of-the-nation address on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more than a year, in order to secure ongoing funding, there has […]

GIS at the heart of development and data integration

First held in 1999 in the US, GIS Day has evolved into a global public awareness initiative which annually takes place in November and promotes geography and GIS technology and applications. The event coincides with the US’s Geography Awareness Week, and this year the United States Senate has recognised 15 November as “National GIS Day”. […]

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

. That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is “too big to fail”. The real question is what form this restructuring should take.  For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from the transmission […]