Geomaticians gather for training indaba launch

March 2nd, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT


Key geomatics industry representatives from across southern Africa gathered at Emperors’ Palace in Ekurhuleni for the launch of Geomatics Indaba 2016 on 17 February. The workshop and cocktail evening provided a platform for idea sharing around driving business value for delegates attending this year’s training indaba.

Geomatics Indaba 2016 is the premiere geomatics event of the year, and will take place from 2 to 4 August this year. It is hosted by the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA), South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), with EE Publishers as media partner.

The GISSA president, Morena Letsosa, stressed the importance of focussing on training and how training can translate into real-world return on investment and drive economic growth. Training, a key focus of this year’s indaba, will therefore not only enhance the work quality needed to advance the geomatics sector, but also drive business and economic growth.


Siyabonga Mdubeki, Samuel Osei, S’lindi Mhlongo, Nape Mojapelo, Morena Letsosa, Mimi Chauke and Hennie Grobler.

His message was echoed by IMSSA president Dr. Hennie Grobler, who highlighted the dire situation of the mining industry and its extent, following even more recent job cuts and financial rating downgrades. Mining will now focus on core values, to which geomaticians can directly contribute. Geomaticians will further have the chance to help improve mine safety.

Grobler said that the current situation can be expected to continue, and it will influence anything from R&D cuts to cuts in training costs. Despite job and budget cuts, the workload of employees will remain the same, even increase, and efficiency will be key to economic survival. By driving this efficiency geomaticians can prove their value, and ensure their employment.

EE Publishers’ Claire van Zwieten also stressed the urgency to focus on business value, and the key role that geomaticians have with their skills and tools to drive efficiency and performance that is needed to get South Africa out of its economic crisis. In her overview of South Africa’s current economic and business climate, she said that the anticipated budget cuts alone will not be enough to get the country back on a growth path, further stressing the urgency to drive efficiency.

Skills and proficiency in all departments of all sectors will be under the microscope when it comes to budget cuts, and business value will be essential in all operations.

For all these reasons, this year’s indaba will have a strong focus on education and training, and providing delegates with tools and skills that offer real returns, and not only theoretical knowledge.

Sponsors and exhibitors also participated in a workshop in which they provided feedback on the last event’s success and brainstormed ideas to raise the bar even further at this year’s event.

EE Publishers’ Chris Yelland also announced the sponsors for the conference to date, as well as the thirty-two stands have also been booked so far. Topcon Sokkia is the diamond sponsor, Aciel Geomatics the gold sponsor, and Optron/Trimble the silver sponsors.

With the list of exhibitors growing, sponsors were reminded to sign up before all the spaces are reserved. Yelland also spoke of special marketing packages available, and that some bookings include slots on the training track of Geomatics Indaba 2016.

Contact Clare van Zwieten, Geomatics Indaba, Tel 011 543-7000,

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