Posts tagged as South Africa

Light pollution in South Africa: 2011 versus 2001

  This article outlines how artificial skyglow, also known as light pollution, is modelled using Census 2001 and Census 2011 population data. Light pollution is defined as “any adverse effect of artificial light including skyglow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste” [1]. This work, illustrated here, is a follow-up […]

Indoor mapping: beyond the front door

  GPS can take you to just about any front door – but indoor maps open a whole new world of possibilities by making indoor spaces accessible and by changing the way we interact with these spaces. The growth of geospatial data, along with the ease of access to it through smart devices (especially smart […]

GIS-based identification of suitable sites for tilapia fish farming in Gauteng

  In October 2010, the Agricultural Research Council – Institute for Soil, Climate and Water (ARC-ISCW) was contracted to research the use of a geographical information system (GIS) for the identification of suitable sites for warm water fish aquaculture (in ponds and cages) in the Gauteng Province, to this end, suitability maps for Mozambique tilapia […]

Will geospatial tools facilitate re-opened land restitution process?

  The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, formally announced the re-opening of the land claims process on 1 July 2014. This followed the enacting of the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, 2014 which extended the date for lodgement of land claims for those who did not claim by the initial […]

Gallery: Optron User Conference

  The Optron User Conference, held on 30 June 2014 at the Clocktower Centre in Cape Town, showcased the latest advances in positioning technologies to 150 representatives from the surveying industry. Read the full story here.  

Gallery – AfricaGEO 2014

  Speaking at the opening of the AfricaGEO 2014 conference, the deputy minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha, called on the assembled delegates to support the government in its efforts to make effective use of South Africa’s land and other resources.  The conference which took place from 1 to 4 July 2014 […]

Impact of geospatial planning on the agricultural sector

  The protection of agricultural land for production purposes plays a major role in ensuring food security for South Africa. Only about 3% of the country’s surface is regarded as having high potential agricultural land. As South Africa is a developing country, great pressure is exerted on the remaining high potential agricultural land for developments […]

GISSA showcases GIS at AfricaGEO

  The Geo-information Society of South Africa (GISSA) exhibited at the recent AfricaGEO 2014 conference in Cape Town. The GISSA booth showcased the activities of GISSA members across South Africa, where participation continues to increase across all regions, particularly in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga. Branches from the various regions arrange CPD-accredited meetings that […]

GISSA Mpumalanga branch gathers at Ngodwana

  The GISSA Mpumalanga branch held their annual general meeting for 2014 at the SAPPI Dam Lapa in Ngodwana. The setting was idyllic, and it was wonderful to get through our agenda, while being so close to nature. The members especially liked the “stoep” that afforded us the chance to see the dam while enjoying […]