A brave new world for software developers

Software developers are in the enviable position of having the power to shape the future. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, but also a time for reflection on the ethics and responsibilities of software development. Developers today are in a privileged position. As software becomes increasingly crucial in business and daily life, […]

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised since Parliament resolved to consider amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. But the slow pace of land reform – a process that aims to address the dispossession of the previously oppressed black majority – will not be solved by amending the Constitution. That is […]

White paper finds AI capable of doubling SA’s growth

While South Africa’s many challenges such as high unemployment and weak economic growth are multifaceted, and requires both public and private sector participation, the appropriate application of modern technologies can be an important part of solving many of these challenges, states the authors of a new whitepaper released by Accenture. Its authors believe that the […]

PositionIT Inbox, Oct/Nov 2018

This month’s letters follow ponder the proposed new national projection and cartesian coordinate system, and address issues around PPK vs ground control points for drone surveys. Send your letters to the editor at positionit@ee.co.za. Our winning letter: The proposed national projection and cartesian coordinate system Dear Editor In response the news that South Africa plans […]

Geomatics: Addressing the elephants in the room

Following the successful AfricaGEO 2018 Conference in Gauteng, please allow me to share a few observations. After the provisional conference programme was announced, I was excited about the various sessions relating to challenges in the geomatics profession. Despite its profound history, the geomatics profession (particularly land surveying) is becoming less popular compared to professions such […]

PositionIT Inbox, Aug/Sept 2018

Letters in this issue respond to an article about the Absa/Intel drone light show, while another reader raises the issue surveyors conducting illegal drone surveys to the detriment of drones companies, an issue that SAGI president Peter Newmarch responded to. Our winning letter re: Absa drone light show Dear Editor With reference to the article […]