Archive for July, 2012

The bleating of the lambs

Sir I will at once admit that I have never been closer to a woolly ovine than the time Scrooge and I embarked on a carded lambswool venture (Bah Bah Black Sheep, or BBBS, although the wool was mostly off-white). As your erudite readers might appreciate, this entailed more pitfalls than profits and we soon […]

Our winning letter to the editor

Max Clarke comments on an article by Chris Yelland on Eskom’s annual results.. Download the PDF document

News from the Western Cape

The industry awaits with bated breath the publication of the new Bargaining Council Wage Agreement which has been submitted to the Department of Labour. It is pleasing to report that the Industry Pension and Provident Funds Collective Agreement has just been extended by the Department for a period of five years. Many employers are still […]

An art or a science?

by Dr. Kenny Uren, North-West University Being a lecturer, teaching control courses to both mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering students, I increasingly become aware of students struggling to get their minds around these two concepts. This may be due to the fact that control systems is a kind of ethereal technology – since despite its wide […]

Official Gautrain App featured on TV show

Local companies are increasingly making use of technology to offer their clients a more pleasant experience and better service. With smartphones becoming a part of everyday life, some local companies have created applications for their customers’ convenience. eTV’s Tech Report has chosen their favourites – one App which could definitely come in handy is the […]

Company hosts 36th data release

AfriGIS recently hosted its 36th Data Show at Bytes in Midrand and the Cape Sun in Cape Town. The celebration of 15 years in business proved why AfriGIS is the provider of choice for government, corporates and parastatals. The successful event underlined new exciting changes, innovations and additions to the company’s datasets in the May […]

Longest continuous view of Earth from space

NASA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Landsat program, the world’s longest-running Earth-observing satellite program on 23 July 2012. The first Landsat satellite was launched on 23 July 1972, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The 40-year Landsat record provides global coverage that shows large-scale human activities such as building cities and farming. The […]

This month’s PositionIT Inbox features a letter from Dr. Mark Norris-Rogers on the PLATO CPD programme and a response from PLATO President Paul Marshall. Please download the PDF

Gauteng puts spotlight on SDIs, social media and CPD

Over 120 people attended the GISSA Gauteng  General Meeting held on 27 July 2012 at the Kempton Park Civic Centre. GISSA Gauteng chairperson Adrian Roos welcomed everyone and provided feedback on the activities of the GISSA Gauteng branch. Marius van der Merwe, Antony Cooper, Adrian Roos and Wim Hugo The first order of the day […]


The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) has just completed its second “Quality of Life” survey, with a massive sample of almost 17 000 respondents. This follows the first survey in 2009, and thus allows some sense of change over time. Quality of Life itself – calculated using 52 variables covering everything from security to headspace, health […]