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 […]

Heritage building assessments handed over to City of Joburg

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (formerly the Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust) has completed the assessment of heritage buildings in the Johannesburg City Centre, and has handed over the assessments to CGIS at the City of Joburg for inclusion on the city’s website. Flo Bird (right) from the Johannesburg Heritage Trust handing over the assessment data to […]

Gauteng Committee plans for 2014

In order to ensure advanced planning and increased participation of its members and sponsors, the GISSA Gauteng committee met on 11 October 2013 at Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand to set its plans for the rest of 2013 and 2014 in motion. From left to right: Jacob Modiba, Anina du Plessis, Petunia Pedinyane, Marlanie Moodley, […]

SASGI 2013: Surveying and geomatics event of the year

The South African Surveying and Geomatics Indaba 2013 (SASGI 2013) was a great success. The conference which focused on “Geospatial Solutions for National Development Planning” was opened by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, and the Chief Surveyor-General of South Africa, Mmuso Riba. Around 600 delegates attended SASGI 2013 and there […]

GISSA Ukubuzana 2012 Conference Proceedings

ISBN 978-0-620-52913-6   Academic Papers Assessing the quality of repositories of volunteered geographical information by Antony K Cooper, Built Environment, CSIR and Department of Computer Science, University of Pretoria, Serena Coetzee, Centre for Geoinformation Science, University of Pretoria, and Derrick G Kourie, Department of Computer Science, University of Pretoria Exploring the potential suitability of an […]

Highlights from GISSA Ukubuzana 2012

GISSA Ukubuzana 2012 was a resounding success. Almost 600 delegates and 66 exhibitors attended the geospatial industry conference which was held at Emperors Palace from 2 to 4 October 2012. Delegates were welcomed to the conference by Councillor Bennet Nikani, the MMC for City Planning and Economic Development for Ekurhuleni, and the welcome address was […]