Government takes a district-based approach to service delivery

The first pilot site of the district-based coordination model is to be officially launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa at a Presidential Imbizo in OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday 17 September 2019. The model aims to address the challenge of government working in silos resulting in a lack of coherent planning […]

Drone registration fees to be amended

As part of a various amendments under the “Twentieth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2019”, Part 101: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) fees are being adjusted. The amendments follow recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom), to amend the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. Also to be amended are the Technical Standards, including […]

Smart cities take centre stage at cadastre and land management meeting

The annual meeting of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) in Seoul, South Korea, from 5 to 9 August 2019 saw more than 100 people from 23 countries participate and sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of cadastre, land administration and geospatial information. The meeting featured high-quality technical presentations, discussions and camaraderie […]

Pan-African satellite constellation under discussion

Four African countries are planning to launch satellites to survey Africa’s resources, including vegetation, farmland and water. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will lead the project, called the Africa Resource Management Constellation (ARMC), on behalf of South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya, with the ultimate aim of helping to protect these resources. The […]

Unlocking affordable soil moisture management for local farmers

The South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Institute for Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK) in Poland recently signed a collaborative research agreement investigating the use of Sentinel-1 radar imagery for soil moisture management on farms as well as monitoring crop development and yield prediction. The development of an affordable new system to locate hidden soil […]

Video challenge seeks geospatial ethics concepts

The American Geographical Society (AGS) EthicalGEO Initiative seeks to encourage thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, students, and everyday citizens and bring them into a global dialogue about the ethical challenges and opportunities posed by the many geospatial technologies and data sources that are reshaping our society. Just as the EthicalAI dialogue has enabled a broad-based […]

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 […]