GISSA Gauteng takes an interactive approach

September 30th, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT


On 17 September 2015 GISSA’s Gauteng branch convened in Pretoria for their third of four annual meetings this year. Samuel Osei was elected the new branch chairman at the meeting, which also included feedback from the organisation’s national meeting, and concluded with an interactive consultation session on job reservation for GISc Professionals.

After a six-month hand-over period following the March election of a new branch committee, interim branch chair S’lindi Molongo and interim secretary Anina du Plessis formally stepped down. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s Samuel Osei was elected as the new chair from outside the March-elected committee, while Lydia du Toit was elected vice-chairperson.

The 2015/2016 committee is now led by Samuel Osei (chairman), Lydia du Toit (vice-chair), Michelle Bester (secretary), Ndilisa Ndidiza (treasurer), and Prevlan Chetty (education representative). The supporting committee comprises Pieter Otto, Helena Fourie, André Erasmus, Mzi Shabangu, Petunia Pedinyane, Samy Kabangu, and Felicia Masoka.

GISSA GP group session

Group discussion on job reservation in the recently passed Geomatics Act.

After the election process, a group discussion was held to establish areas of expertise to be earmarked as grounds for GIS Professional job reservation in terms of the recently passed Geomatics Act. While mine and land surveyors have clearly defined roles qualifying them for job reservation under the Geomatics Act, GIS Professionals have not yet articulated the arguments for job reservation.

Job reservation, as a land surveyor present at the meeting pointed out, does however come with increased legal liability, and without public recourse to hold Professionals accountable means nothing. To extend the job reservation conversation, Osei also set up a “Section 16 team” to come up with a draft document of suggested areas of expertise to be reserved for GIS Professionals.

The day also included a report-back on the organisation’s national meeting by Manie Brynard, with news of a R50 membership fee increase to R450. Members were also reminded that late payments would result in an additional R200 “take-on” fee. Brynard explained that the funds are used, amongst other things, for GISSA meetings and for GISSA educational and promotional events, and was this year used to sponsor students to attend the Geomatics Indaba, which GISSA co-hosted.

View the image gallery of the event here.

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