International story maps contest opens for entries

The all-new ArcGIS StoryMapper of the Year contest is now open. Esri is giving away a $5000 grand prize to the contest winner, who will get to decide how it will be used to help their community. The winner will be named StoryMapper of the Year, and their original story map will be featured on […]

Human Settlements urged to improve title deeds programme

The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has urged the Department of Human Settlements to rapidly improve its title deeds-issuing programme. This comes after the fifth Parliament’s legacy report suggested that the department should improve on the issuing of title deeds, as deeds are a wealth legacy that can be passed on from […]

Cabinet mulling land reform recommendations

Cabinet is still considering the findings and recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, 22 August 2019. “Cabinet still needs to consider the findings and recommendations of the panel, after which it will be able to pronounce on the implementation of this report,” he said. […]

Cabinet approves district-based service delivery model

Cabinet has approved an integrated service delivery model that will see the three spheres of government work together to accelerate the implementation of service delivery programmes to communities. The District-Based Service Delivery Model is expected to ensure coherence and integration in planning, budgeting and the implementation of service delivery projects and programmes in all districts […]

Meeting assesses land reform implementation progress

Deputy President David Mabuza has met with the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform to track government’s progress in the implementation of the Land Reform programme. The meeting, which took place on 15 August 2019 was chaired by Mabuza and is the second IMC meeting on land reform for the sixth administration. The IMC provides […]

South African engineering excellence celebrated

The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and sponsor Aon hosted the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand, honour outstanding achievements in the industry. Awards were handed out in the categories Lifetime Industry Achievement Award; Young Engineer of the Year; Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50-million; projects […]

National development plan to be reviewed

The National Planning Commission (NPC) said it will review aspects of the National Development Plan (NDP) in order to address the country’s current difficulties in the economy, weaknesses in the state and social ills and challenges affecting communities. President Cyril Ramaphosa held discussions with the NPC, whose term expires in September 2019. The commission’s focus […]

Leadership needed to guide mining industry through Industry 4.0

New opportunities accompany job losses as the mining industry continues its Industry 4.0 trajectory, shifting away from a labour intensive industry to one which requires new digital and cognitive skills. This calls for new leadership, vision and mitigation strategies such as reskilling large swathes of the workforce – all issues which the Wits Mining Institute […]

Geospatial solutions offer potential for economic growth

The geospatial and construction IT solutions conference SA GeoTech 2019, which took place on 22 to 23 July 2019 in Gauteng, explored various geotech applications and the opportunities they offer to drive business and economic growth. Case studies presented over the two days showed an existing culture of innovation in an industry which already embraces […]

Second SpaceDataHighway satellite successfully launched

The EDRS-C satellite, the second node of the SpaceDataHighway network (also known as the European Data Relay System (EDRS)), has been successfully launched into geostationary orbit at 31° East. After testing, it will double transmission capacity of the system in order to serve two observation satellites simultaneously and provide redundant back-up for the SpaceDataHighway. This […]