Archive for August, 2018

Mine safety technology making strides

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased some of its latest technologies to address mine safety at a media briefing at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Johannesburg during July 2018. These technologies included a ground penetrating radar to monitor rock mass stability, a pedestrian detection system and a robotic system to navigate unsafe […]

Getting the geo-community to use satellite imagery in the cloud

The Earth Observation Discoveries Day, which took place at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 31 July 2018, exposed the local earth observation and geospatial community to the possibilities of working with earth observation big data in a cloud computing environment. The South African Space Agency (SANSA) and earth observation data provider, DigitalGlobe, jointly hosted […]

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The public have 60 days to comment on this new plan. The details are outlined below. The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It was, […]

High school pupils test their mapping skills

To interest high school pupils in geospatial careers, the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Geomatics Department hosted a mapping competition in August 2018. This year’s competition theme was “Map your neighbourhood,” with students tasked to draw maps of the land use and areas of interest in their neighbourhood. Submissions were judged on their depictions of […]

Earth observation challenge searches for novel applications

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has launched the South Africa Earth Observation Challenge 2018 in partnership with satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe, RIIS and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) on 31 July 2018. The competition challenges South African-based individuals and organisations to come with up novel earth observation applications to address urban resilience, water […]