CSIR signs weather-monitoring deal with ports authority

The CSIR recently signed a three-year, multimillion-rand contract with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) for the maintenance of existing Datawell Waveriders and wind stations at all eight ports. The two organisations hailed the partnership as a significant step towards improving the safety of shipping and port operations. According to the agreement, CSIR technicians will service […]

SA grows capacity in space weather monitoring for global aviation

South Africa is looking to take on a leading role in the international space weather monitoring community, as it moves to become a key provider of space weather information to the global aviation sector for the African region. Based in Hermanus in the Western Cape, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) facility is the […]

Landsat data to remain free

The US National Geospatial Advisory Committee Landsat Advisory Group has determined that the costs and legalities of changing from a free model to a cost-recovery model will not yield a net profit, and will negatively affect the US commercial remote sensing satellite and value-added industries. They note that “the annual societal benefit of Landsat data […]

Consulting engineers welcome R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during his State of the Nation address of the R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure development. Chris Campbell, CESA CEO said, the organisation is hopeful that between the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) and the new Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPW&I) they will ensure […]

SA’s role in global effort to survey earth in a day

In 2005, a father and son surveying-duo from Florida, USA had the idea to unite the surveying world through an online community, www.landsurveyorsunited.com, a community which has grown in numbers over the years and now has almost 15 000 members globally. Sadly, only 24 of those members are South African. Other African countries with land […]

Report explores state and prospects of location-based marketing

Following its 2018 report, location data company Factual has again commissioned Lawless Research to survey location data buyers, with the aim of uncovering trends in location data usage and diving deeper into specific use cases and applications. The company has launched its 2019 Location-Based Marketing Report, which includes the following findings: Location data continues to […]

Construction firm publishes construction cost guide for Africa

Integrated infrastructure delivery company, Aecom, published its 30th edition of Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide 2019/20 in conjunction with its strategic partner, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) at the University of Stellenbosch. The Cost Guide forms part of the company’s commitment to improving project delivery by conducting research into the broader industry. The […]

Latest African space industry report shows sector growth

Market research analysts Space in Africa has released the African Space Industry Report – 2019 Edition, which covers Africa’s journey in space from 1998 through May 2019. It explains how the industry has already reached over $7-billion of annual revenues and is projected to grow at a 7,3% compound annual growth rate to exceed $10-billion […]

South African drone industry interest group launched

The South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SAFU) was launched in Kyalami in Johannesburg on 20 June 2019, to establish a platform for collaboration between regulatory authorities such as the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the drone industry. The federation’s membership comprises private drone companies, and was founded by NTSU Aviation Solutions […]

Transport authority established for integrated transport and spatial development

The Gauteng Transport Authority Bill was recently adopted by the Provincial Legislature as a vital step for integrated transport planning and co-ordination of public transport operations across the province. The Transport Authority will cover the Gauteng City Region, involving the provincial department of roads and transport and municipal transport administrations. The authority – currently in […]