Geomaticians’ role in climate change and population development

After 25 years of democracy in South Africa, it is sobering to realise that not a lot has been achieved. Some goals like housing and electricity distribution have advanced significantly, but others like education and job creation have receded. The ebb and flow of politics and economics, nationally and internationally, seem to give progress a […]

South African coal exports outlook: Approaching long-term decline

. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a respected international energy think-tank, published an important new report on 16 September 2019 on the future outlook for South African coal exports, which points to an industry in long-term decline with significant risks ahead. The Executive Summary of the IEEFA report is provided below […]

Geospatial information is crucial for Africa’s economic development

In a keynote address at an event marking Digital Earth Africa Day, the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Oliver Chinganya said the ECA views geospatial technology as a significant component that will help push Africa’s transformative development agenda even further. The commission understands that it is imperative for every African country to deliver relevant information […]

How to create modern data systems for sustainable development

Eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring quality education, instituting affordable and clean energy, and more – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a broad, ambitious vision for our world. But there is one common denominator that cuts across this agenda: data. Without timely, relevant, and disaggregated data, policymakers and their development partners will be unprepared […]

Small business can survive in a downward economy

During an economic recession or downturn, small businesses are often hit the hardest. Budget constraints, reduced spending power and inadequate preparedness for a recession can make it impossible for a small business to survive. Some industries are affected more than others, and typically luxury services suffer first as both business and private customers cut back […]

Assessing legal risks in moving to the cloud

Many businesses are moving to cloud computing to reap the benefits it provides, from scalability and agility to the ability to analyse data and interpret it in such a way that can help meet client demands. However, before moving any business functions to the cloud, a business must assess legal issues that will have an […]

Cyber criminals are eyeing smart buildings

The risk of a security incident taking place in an intelligent building is linked to the motivations of cybercriminals, who mainly seek to achieve economic gain through their actions, as well as to impact and spread fear. Smart buildings use building automation systems (BAS) to control a wide range of variables within their environments with […]

Reading corner: “All the Land” by Jo Lendle

How, in 1930, did Alfred Wegener, the son of minister from Berlin, find himself in the most isolated spot on earth, attempting to survive an unthinkably cold winter in the middle of Greenland? In All the Land, Jo Lendle sets out to chronicle Wegener’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in Germany to the most unforgiving […]

Report looks at drivers of consumer behavioural change

The seventh annual Looking Further with Ford Trends Report takes a look into the drivers of behavioural change, specifically uncovering the dynamic relationships consumers have with the shifting landscape of technology. Ford focuses on global trends to understand how consumers are changing and how companies must respond. In a global survey of 14 countries, Ford’s […]