EU backs business incubator and projects to boost SA space industry

European Space Agency representatives joined SANSA for a workshop in Hermanus in January 2019. The goal of the workshop was to define joint projects that would be beneficial to both agencies. One such potential project is a ESA/SANSA business centre to support the development of downstream applications within the space industry, to be hosted at […]

Satellites to measure sea-level under construction

Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring sea level rise – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to do just this. The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially. Over the next decade, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A and then Sentinel-6B satellites […]

New appointments at international geospatial council

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) appointed a new president and treasurer for the 2019 – 2020 term at its AGM in April 2019. Ronald Bisio, senior vice president of Geospatial at Trimble, was elected as the new president, while John Renard from Cyient has been appointed as the new treasurer. Bisio supported WGIC activities […]

New projection and cartesian coordinate system put on hold

Following a call for comments on the proposed new projection and new cartesian coordinate system for the South African spatial referencing system, the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (NGI) said comments has not resulted in a clear way forward at this stage. The NGI received a good response, which it has reviewed and for which […]

WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global […]

Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]

New guide to green building costs and trends

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends. It provides trends and valuable insights about the influence […]

SAR handbook for forest monitoring and biomass estimation

The SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between NASA, Servir and SilvaCarbon. The book can downloaded free of charge in its entirety, or explored as individual chapters, trainings and one-pager quick reference guides which highlight key concepts derived from the book. Five trainings, led […]

NOAA celebrates 25 years of developing climate services in Africa

Twenty five years ago Africa was faced with severe drought, resulting in famine across the continent and challenges for governments as they struggled to cope with the disaster. In response, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) pioneered the African Desk – a US contribution to the World Meteorological Organization […]