Western Cape Symposium highlights geospatial initiatives

  With the backing of the Western Cape Government, the Western Cape Spatial Information Forum (WCSIF) held its first day-long symposium at the Strand Towers Hotel on 14 November 2013. The symposium was attended by 111 delegates from national, provincial and local government, as well as parastatal and tertiary institutions. WCSIF chairperson, Jacques du Preez, […]

Top keynote speakers for AfricaGEO 2014

  This year’s AfricaGEO conference, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 3 July, has an compelling list of keynote speakers to speak on the theme of “Developing geomatics in Africa”. The second AfricaGEO conference is organised by the South African Geomatics Association, and keynote speakers at the event […]

Winning letter prize


From the Plato Act to the Geomatics Profession Act

  by Paul Marshall, Plato For the past nine years the “new Bill” has been hovering over the Geomatics industry. This has put many things on hold pending the enactment of the Geomatics Profession Act. Well now, for better or worse, it is a reality. The Act was signed off by the president in early […]

South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors 2013

    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 […]

Transformation well underway

  The Geomatics Profession Act, 19 of 2013, was promulgated in December 2013. This provides for a process of transformation of the geomatics profession and facilitation of accessibility to the geomatics profession, but this process has been well underway for the geospatial information science branch. In 2013 GISSA placed emphasis on the strengthening of the […]

Spatial data SIG launched

  South African Oracle User Group (SAOUG) and the AfriGIS have started a new special interest group (SIG). They held their first meeting at Oracle’s head office in late January. Although other SIGs exist, this is the first local one with a focus on Spatial and Graph. The main idea of the group is to […]

Reopening of the “Grandfather” clause and other registration opportunities

  Notice from the  South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors with respect to the re-opening of the Grandfather Clause for Professional GISc Practitioners and a window of opportunity for persons already registered at the Professional level to apply for registration in a different or an additional category. Reopening of the “Grandfather” clause registration […]

New EE Publishers website www.ee.co.za goes live today

New websites for EE Publishes and its four publications, EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT go live today. The websites provide a single, searchable, open-access database of over 25 000 technical and news articles published by EE Publishers over the last ten years, covering the energy, power, electronics, ICT and geomatics sectors of Southern Africa. This […]

FlexiCadastre graduate internship programme

  Spatial Dimension has introduced its inaugural Graduate Internship Programme. Over the first six months of 2014, five promising Cape Town graduates will follow an in-house programme designed to prepare them for a career with Spatial Dimension as a FlexiCadastre software developer. During the programme the graduates will be immersed in the culture of a […]