Articles: PositionIT

Understanding the applications and benefits of ground penetrating radar

The ground penetrating radar market in South Africa is gaining popularity. This paper will look at what it is, explore its complementing technologies, where it is used, some examples and case studies from around the world and what is happening in this market in South Africa. Group penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-destructive geophysical method […]

Meeting assesses land reform implementation progress

Deputy President David Mabuza has met with the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform to track government’s progress in the implementation of the Land Reform programme. The meeting, which took place on 15 August 2019 was chaired by Mabuza and is the second IMC meeting on land reform for the sixth administration. The IMC provides […]

Surveying remote areas with precision for bird conservation effort

How a new approach to precise positioning is helping solve a century-old problem on an isolated island. John Houston is not a surveyor. He’d be the first to tell you that. He’s not a keen traveller, either. So what was he doing on a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, knee deep […]

Hackathon prepares learners for fourth industrial revolution economy

Accenture hosted a STEM hackathon for learners from Alexandra, Diepsloot, and Olievenhoutbosch on 20 July 2019, to enable them to visualise the data used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in a practical manner. The hackathon stimulated learners’ interest in STEM careers and the experience will help prepare them for the fourth industrial […]

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 […]

South African engineering excellence celebrated

The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and sponsor Aon hosted the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand, honour outstanding achievements in the industry. Awards were handed out in the categories Lifetime Industry Achievement Award; Young Engineer of the Year; Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50-million; projects […]

National development plan to be reviewed

The National Planning Commission (NPC) said it will review aspects of the National Development Plan (NDP) in order to address the country’s current difficulties in the economy, weaknesses in the state and social ills and challenges affecting communities. President Cyril Ramaphosa held discussions with the NPC, whose term expires in September 2019. The commission’s focus […]

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 […]

Leadership needed to guide mining industry through Industry 4.0

New opportunities accompany job losses as the mining industry continues its Industry 4.0 trajectory, shifting away from a labour intensive industry to one which requires new digital and cognitive skills. This calls for new leadership, vision and mitigation strategies such as reskilling large swathes of the workforce – all issues which the Wits Mining Institute […]