Posts tagged as South Africa

Dealing with the elephant in the room that is Eskom…

An interview with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan by Chris Yelland, managing director, EE Business Intelligence Following a comprehensive interview with Minerals & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on energy and electricity policy in South Africa two weeks ago, energy analyst Chris Yelland tackles the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, on the big elephant in […]

Interview with Minerals & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

. Anyone who wants to understand the mind and thinking of South Africa’s veteran coal miner, trade unionist, politician, ANC chairperson and Minister of Minerals and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, on energy and electricity matters, should read on… In this interview, Chris Yelland of EE Business Intelligence explores wide-ranging energy and electricity issues with Minister Mantashe, […]

New report assesses SA companies and banks’ response to climate risks

. The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) launched the fifth assessment in its Full Disclosure Series today, 25 November 2019. The new report, entitled “Full Disclosure 5: The Truth About South African Banks’ and Companies’ Ability to Identify and Address Climate Risks”, considers South African banks’ and companies’ disclosure of and engagement with climate risks. […]

Latest update of the national land cover launched

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Spatial Information Management directorate has launched the 2018 National Land Cover (NLC) for South Africa at an event for stakeholders in Pretoria on 1 October 2019. The national land cover is one of the country’s base datasets outlined in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Act of 2003, and plays […]

ICT skills survey shows SA’s 4IR gaps and opportunities

Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), have released their findings of a survey of skills trends in the South African ICT sector. This is the tenth edition of the JCSE’s Skills Survey. The survey sketches a mixed future for the ICT […]

The value and viability of Mapcodes using local tools

Eleven years after being one of the first grid-based spatial reference systems, Mapcodes was donated to the public domain. Most South Africans remain oblivious to its existence and benefits as a more efficient and accurate alternative to conventional addresses. This article aims to improve public awareness and uptake through a number of practical tools, integrated […]

Geo-content management workshop forms part of World Commons Week

On 11 October 2019, the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology from the University of Pretoria participated in the World Commons Week (6 to 12 October 2019) by hosting a local workshop about the content management system – GeoNode. GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying […]

Growth in South Africa’s expenditure on R&D

Spending on research and development (R&D) in South Africa continues to increase, although at a slower rate than before. This is the key finding of the 2017/18 National Research and Experimental Development Survey, which was published in October 2019. South Africa’s gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) amounted to R38,725-billion at current rand values […]

Geospatial company becomes a certified commercial UAV operator

Agizo provides services in geomatics and spatial planning, and has a team of highly experienced and qualified professionals with years of experience in spatial planning, land use management, land surveying and GIS analysis. The need to broaden and improve its services led the company to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a journey it […]

Creating youth employment in the fourth industrial revolution

The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and coordinator of Government’s 4IR programme, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, in partnership with MICT SETA, has launched a pilot skills development programme to create one million new jobs by 2030. President Ramaphosa has appointed the 4IR Commission to address, amongst other things, the skills gaps to future proof South Africa’s […]