Earthquakes in South Africa

  In light of the 5 August 2014 M5,6 earthquake, the Council for Geoscience held a panel discussion at the CSIR on the likeliness of similar earthquakes reoccurring in South Africa. Earthquakes do not only damage buildings, but are often accompanied by fires and flooding. They also pose serious risk to vulnerable areas such as […]

National DEM workshop strategises way ahead

  The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and the South African National Space Agency held a National DEM User Need and Strategy Workshop on 20 August 2014 in Pretoria. The workshop was attended by representatives from the geospatial industry including: the Agricultural Research Council; Airbus; ATNS; CSIR; the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Defence, Environmental Affairs, […]

Developing concept paper on EO infrastructure

  The South African Group on Earth Observations (SA-GEO) Secretariat, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the intergovernmental GEO umbrella, recently convened the third EO Infrastructure Community of Practice (CoP) meeting. The EO Infrastructure CoP set out to discuss the development of a concept paper on EO Infrastructure, get an […]

GCRO survey assists fact-based policy making and governance

  The highly regarded Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) Quality of Life Survey (QoLS), now in it third release, was recently launched at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the presence of the Gauteng premier, David Makhura. The survey of 27 000 people from a cross section of Gauteng residents is a joint research […]

Guidance for young mine surveyors

  Responding to a suggestion from final year BTech Mine Surveying students at the University of Johannesburg, head of department of minerals surveying, Hennie Grobler, arranged a panel discussion to address the students’ concerns, and provide them with advice and guidance as they prepare to enter the workforce. The panel of professionals included Institute of […]