Posts tagged as South Africa

Unlocking affordable soil moisture management for local farmers

The South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Institute for Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK) in Poland recently signed a collaborative research agreement investigating the use of Sentinel-1 radar imagery for soil moisture management on farms as well as monitoring crop development and yield prediction. The development of an affordable new system to locate hidden soil […]

Human Settlements urged to improve title deeds programme

The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has urged the Department of Human Settlements to rapidly improve its title deeds-issuing programme. This comes after the fifth Parliament’s legacy report suggested that the department should improve on the issuing of title deeds, as deeds are a wealth legacy that can be passed on from […]

Cabinet mulling land reform recommendations

Cabinet is still considering the findings and recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, 22 August 2019. “Cabinet still needs to consider the findings and recommendations of the panel, after which it will be able to pronounce on the implementation of this report,” he said. […]

Cabinet approves district-based service delivery model

Cabinet has approved an integrated service delivery model that will see the three spheres of government work together to accelerate the implementation of service delivery programmes to communities. The District-Based Service Delivery Model is expected to ensure coherence and integration in planning, budgeting and the implementation of service delivery projects and programmes in all districts […]

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 […]

Little-known tax incentives boost business case for renewable energy

South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But, in fact, there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks put in place by National Treasury […]

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 […]