End of an era

November 11th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

EE Publishers, the publishers of PositionIT and three other industry magazines, will be closing its doors at the end of November 2019, after having served the industry for 27 years – the last fourteen years of which PositionIT has been part of its stable. The directors of the company have not taken this decision lightly, and attribute the company’s closure to a combination of falling advertising revenue and other market forces.

Having worked on PositionIT for six years, the last two of which I was the editor, it has been my great pleasure to be part of the geospatial industry with all its innovation, richness and potential to change the world, and to have worked with the many wonderful and interesting people and cutting-edge topics in this sector.

Highlights for PositionIT over the years have included hosting the first drone conference in Africa, bringing the industry together for annual thought-provoking conferences, and having covered in print and online the evolution of the industry through its various transformations. The magazine was an industry platform for discussion and collated a body of local industry knowledge, which we hope will continue to serve you as a useful archival reference in years to come.

As our loyal readers, we hope you enjoyed the journey with us, and that PositionIT has been valuable to you in your work and life. Being part of PositionIT has personally been an enriching experience and opportunity for me, and it would be remiss of me not to thank the great many industry professionals who have taken the time to patiently answer my questions for articles, and who have contributed to the magazine with their knowledge, articles, time and other forms of assistance over the years.

My own position and role at the magazine would not have been possible without the trust and guidance of Clare van Zwieten, who provided me with room to grow in this field and who entrusted me with the magazine when she left the company after being its only other editor. It has also been a pleasure to have worked with various team configurations at EE Publishers, and to have developed strong professional bonds with colleagues and to see younger team mates grow into professionals. Magazines are a team effort at best, and our work would not have been possible without the guidance and experience of our editorial director Chris Yelland and sales director Irene Blythe. Nor would it have been possible without the hard work of bringing together the advertising headed by Vinia Phogole, and translating everything onto paper with our design teams which have included, over the years, Helen Hartzenberg, Elizabeth Lotz, our young stars Tshepiso Lino and Charlize Fourie, and most recently Yzelle van der Vyver. 

I leave you with this thought: Geography is destiny, knowledge is power, and you as geospatial professional command both.

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