Geomatics students’ achievement recognised

October 31st, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Geomatics Department held its annual awards ceremony on 31 October 2017 at its Pretoria Campus to recognise students who excelled academically. Fifteen students from across the three-year courses were recognised.

Prize winners and sponsors at the awards ceremony.

Prize winners and sponsors at the awards ceremony.

Two speakers also addressed the students. Corné de Jager, who represented the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), said to students that geospatial data remains the backbone of the built environment, and urged them to identify themselves in the role of geospatial custodians. Considering themselves only surveyors would risk complacency, stagnation and self-impose restrictions, he warned. He also advised students to form collaborations with other geospatial professionals in the field, finding their own niche and forming strategic partnerships to advance the profession.

Award Recipient Sponsor
Best Surveying I Theory Taff Otile Sobudula Optron
Best Surveying I Practical Silly Ntokozo Mnisi TUT Department of Geomatics
Best Surveying II Theory Ngwako Ezrom Senyolo Afgen
Best Surveying II Practical Fortunate Nonkuleleko Sibiya HAU Tech Instruments
Best Control Surveying Project III Ernest Mohale Rakgoale Autobuild Africa
Best Surveying III Theory Dakalo Mphaga Optron
Best Overall Semester 1 Student Gontse Goitdsemeng Modiba Autobuild Africa
Best Overall Semester 1 and 2 Student Gontse Goitdsemeng Modiba SAGI
Best Overall Semester 3 & 4 Student Augsuthinah Malenka Mosala VI Instruments
Best Semester 1 & 2 Surveying student Taff Otile Sobudula Afgen
Best Communication in Geomatics Immaculate Marjorie Myeki EE Publishers
Mapping (Stereo Mapping III) Arlington Mnelisi Thabede GISSA
Best Cadastral Surveying III Gontse Goitdsemeng Modiba VI Instruments
Best graduate NDip Surveying student John Pitsi Kwenaite TUT Department of Geomatics
Best Geographic Information Systems III Eudora Boikokobetso Tonyane Afgen
Best Student Overall Semester 3 Augsuthinah Malenka Mosala AAM Geomatics

Geo-Information Society of Southern Africa’s (GISSA) Morena Letsosa stressed the importance of maintaining high standards of professional conduct and integrity, and why it is important for the profession. He urged students to act ethically, and cautioned them against entitlement by saying that entitlement is the enemy of success. Letsosa concluded by encouraging the geomatics students to define their purpose and motivation, to live up to it, and in the process to serve the citizens of South Africa.

Edward Kurwakumire, a lecturer in the department, handed out the awards to the 15 students, which included floating trophies, a certificate and prize money of between R500 and R2000. Sponsors of the awards included AAM Geomatics, Afgen, Autobuild Africa, EE Publishers, GISSA, HAU Tech Instruments, Optron, SAGI, and VI Instruments.

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