New CESA president

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has elected Abe Thela as their new president for 2014. Thela is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ postgraduate experience, mainly in consulting civil engineering. He completed his schooling in Soweto and matriculated in 1984. In 1982 he was selected to attend a pilot phase of the Programme […]

Enhancing pipeline management standards

The Open Geospatial Consortium and the PODS Association have agreed to work together to identify enhancement opportunities between the advanced geospatial interoperability concepts developed within the OGC’s consensus standards process and the PODS Association’s widely used PODS standard and data model. Finding better ways to share and exchange pipeline and related information will improve data […]

Reservation of work for planners

Land surveyors are outraged about a call for comments issued by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on the Draft Regulations for The Planning Profession Act, (ACT No. 36 of 2002). Their alarm regarding the proposed Act centres specifically on Section 4: Reservation of work exclusively for professional and technical planners, which is […]

Subcontractor options in the event of non-payment

  A contractor was awarded a tender by a municipality to construct low cost housing. The scope of the project was of such a nature that the contractor had to use additional subcontractors. The contractor concluded the agreement with the municipality and was responsible throughout the project for the obligations contained in the main agreement. […]

Eastern Cape AGM and Conference 2013

  The GISSA Eastern Cape Committee arranged a very successful and well supported annual general meeting and conference at the Fish River Resort on 30 and 31 October 2013. A total of 72 delegates attended the conference from various private companies, national and provincial government departments,  and local municipalities. The conference started with an opening […]

First fully tradable title deeds for black home owners

On 22 October 2013, 100 years since the 1913 Native Land Act was passed, Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, released the first fully tradable title deeds to black home owners in the Ngwathe municipality in the Free State. Launched in 2010, the Ngwathe Land Reform Project serves to convert land currently held under a complex […]

Call for abstracts for AfricaGEO 2014

“Developing geomatics in Africa” is the theme for AfricaGEO 2014 which will be held from 1 to 3 July 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The conference will focus on doing business in Africa and African land reform. Organised by South African geomatics associations, this second AfricaGEO will build on the proud tradition […]

ARC-Institute for Soil, Climate and Water

Petunia Pedinyane from EE Publishers recently visited the ARC-Institute for Soil, Climate and Water at their offices in Pretoria, Tshwane. Pictured here are representatives from the various departments at the institute. Back row from left to right: Johan Malherbe, Marjan van der Walt, Garry Paterson, Philip Beukes, Johan Ferguson, Dr. Eric Mashimbye. Front row: Adri […]

Council meets for the last time

The Plato Council held its 30th Annual Meeting at the Palm Dunes Hotel in Blythedale, KwaZulu Natal on 7 and 8 October 2013. This meeting was significant for two reasons, firstly it was the thirtieth annual meeting since the commencement of the Plato Act in 1984 and secondly, by all accounts, it will probably be […]

Planning law reform and recent developments in the Western Cape

by Spencer Dreyer, SAGI Spencer Dreyer, the SAGI Western Cape branch Cadastral Commission Chairperson, provides an overview of the current legislative environment and its implications for land surveyors. We are living in exciting and challenging times as the dawn of a new era of national and provincial planning legislation redefining the roles and responsibilities of […]