Posts tagged as South Africa

SA government cloud rolled out to first client

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) embarked on infrastructure modernisation to re-engineer its digital environment into modern facilities, including the introduction of cloud capability. It has now implemented the next key phase in creating this ecosystem, building its biggest cloud infrastructure to date, in partnership with Huawei, IBM and Gijima. SITA’s cloud computing programme gave […]

Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan

Eskom’s new chief executive officer, Phakamani Hadebe, says the board has approved a turnaround strategy which will address the power utility’s major difficulties. The institution has compiled a 9-point recovery plan which is designed to overcome problems in its generation division and enable the power utility to meet its obligations to provide a reliable supply […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

Geo-referenced information exchange standard digitised

In September 1987, “A national standard for the exchange of digital geo-referenced information” by Derek G Clarke, Antony K Cooper, Elri C Liebenberg and M Hester van Rooyen was published by the CSIR as a Special Report, SWISK 45. It was also known as the National Exchange Standard (NES) and was version 1.0 of the […]

Youth hackathon helps develop knowledge economy

Sanral and Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) have partnered with WherIsMyTransport to host the ETC Hackathon in Cape Town from 26 to 28 October 2018. Under the theme of “collaborate and innovate,” participants were invited to create innovative smart mobility applications utilising both Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) toll gantry data and WhereIsMyTransport public transport data. […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry. The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, just prior to […]