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Draft of National Spatial Development Framework unveiled for comment

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]

Addressing a national climate change adaptation strategy

Recent severe weather events, which resulted in the loss of life and the destruction of property in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, have raised concerns about climatic changes in the region. The Department of Environmental Affairs published its draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy document recently which outlines the Department’s goals, vision, objectives and […]

Redefined SI measurement standards come into effect on 20 May 2019

World Metrology day is on 20 May and this year, it’s the day when four of the seven base units comprising the International System of Units (SI) will change. While this revision underlies all measurements in science, it will not affect our everyday lives. A metre will still be a metre, a litre of petrol […]

Release of ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

In April, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation. According to the guidelines, trustworthy artificial intelligence should be: Lawful – respecting […]

Second GPS III satellite readies for launch

The US Air Force’s second new GPS III satellite, bringing higher-power, more accurate and harder-to-jam signals to the GPS constellation, is ready for its July 2019 launch. The US Air Force nicknamed the GPS III SV02 “Magellan” after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It is the most powerful and resilient GPS satellite ever put on orbit. […]

Spatial variation of political attitudes in the Gauteng City Region

This article is short analyses who in the Gauteng City Region agrees with this statement that “Politics is a waste of time”, and draws on responses from the GCRO’s 2017/18 Quality of Life V survey. In the build up to the national and provincial elections on 8 May 2019 there has been much public debate […]

Appointment of acting electricity regulator questioned as legal challenges mount

. Ms Nomfundo Maseti has been re-appointed acting electricity regulator board member at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) with effect from 1 March 2019, after her previous term as acting electricity regulator board member expired on 28 February 2019. This is the second 12-month term by Maseti as acting electricity regulator at […]

ICASA paid but lack of new policy turns SA’s world of communications topsy-turvy

Withholding ICASA’s quarterly funding, withdrawing the draft ECA Amendment Bill and negating on the promise to publish a revised communications policy by 30 April is turning plans for South Africa’s broadband and communications for all in disarray! After ICASA told South Africa on Tuesday (29 April) that it would take the Minister of Communications to […]

So where is the money from China? Still coming says the DPE…

Despite assurances by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that a R7-billion tranche of the R35-billion government guaranteed loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to Eskom (that was due end March 2019) would be drawn on in the course of April 2019, the funds have still not been received. However, a statement issued by the Department […]