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GIS, GPS, surveying and spatial applications in Southern Africa

     Issue 38, June 2012  

CPD programme in place for SA geospatial industry
by Paul Marshall, PLATO

Paul Marshall The PLATO governed CContinued Professional Development programme started on 1 June 2012. There will be no big gala event nor will there be fireworks to mark the occasion, it will simply mean that from 1 June all registered persons will need to earn a minimum of three CPD credits before 1 June 2013 and a minimum of 20 CPD credits in each 5 year cycle thereafter... (more)
Rural development, land reform and legislation
by Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform  

                            

Gugile Nkwiniti When we took office in 2009 we did so having absorbed the previous Dept of Land Affairs. The focus of that department was on affairs to do with land. Our brief is to deal with land reform & access to land; use, management & transformation of land relations, and all other matters related to the hopes and life styles of those who live on the land, and off the land... (more
SA gets most of SKA but what about fracking in the Karoo?
by Hans van de Groenendaal, EE Publishers  

 

Naledi PandorSA recently heard the news that it is getting the lion's share of the SKA project. This is great news for South Africa and its partner countries but what is the future of fracking in the Karoo and how will it impact on the SKA project? After nine years of sweat and tears, the independent SKA Site Advisory Committee (SSAC) identified Africa as the preferred site... (more)

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PositionIT Inbox: Letters to the editor 

Dear Editor

The two articles that Aslam Parker of the CD-NGI presented on the SA Coordinate Reference System between December 2011 and February 2012 are an important resource. One of his statements can be the starting point for some further discussion... (more)
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Practical examples of the legal position of the high water mark
by Chris Williams-Wynn, Surveyor-General: Eastern Cape     

The Land Survey Act, No. 8 of 1997 confirms that a Professional Land Surveyor is responsible for the determination of the position of all boundaries defining land parcels and land rights. Because of the contentious nature of the position of the high water mark, Act No. 8 of 1997 requires that the Professional Land Surveyor determines the position in consultation with the Surveyor-General... (more)
Subsidence analysis using airborne laser scanning data
by Mark Harrower, Peter Sergeant and Susan Shield, Centennial Coal Company    

This project applied airborne laser scanning technology for the detection of mine subsidence over a broad area, a commercial application not widely used in the Australian underground coal mining industry. The objective of the project was to prove the latest generation airborne laser technologies as a reliable and objective source of vital subsidence monitoring data for an underground coal mine... (more)
Assessing Geographical Information Science Technology curricula
by Heindrich du Plessis, Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information and Adriaan van Niekerk, University of Stellenbosch      

The Body of Knowledge (BoK) in Geographical Information Science and Technology (GI S&T) originates from a decision by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) to establish a framework for the assessment of Geographical Information Science Technology (GI S&T) curricula. The 2006 edition includes six sections... (more)
Developing a geo-data frame to facilitate data integration (Part 2)
by Gerbrand Mans, CSIR        

This article discusses the development of a disaggregation procedure for socio-economic data based on the principles of dasymetric mapping and areal interpolation in order to develop a flexible geo-data frame which allows the data to be assigned to different demarcations seamlessly. The geo-data frame is based on the Spot Building Count points dataset from Eskom... (more)
Development of a GISc programme for CPUT
by Raubie Raubenheimer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology       

This paper discusses the development of the first GISc diploma at a South African University of Technology. The changes in Surveying education and development of GIS is explored, since it became clear that the interest in the cartography programme became increasingly limited and the obvious solution was to replace it with GISc... (more)
Monitoring the changing face of South Africa's poverty
by Craig Schwabe, AfricaScope         

Monitoring poverty levels enables government and the private sector to make more informed decisions about where social development funds should be invested. This research reveals that poverty levels are declining in some rural areas and rising in several urbanised local municipalities... (more)
Getting asset registers right
by Mathew Nel, TGIS          

Operation Clean Audit 2014 is gaining in momentum as the deadline looms. Many of the transitional provisions have lapsed and the pressure is on from all spheres of government to get it right. Emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring that it does not turn into a rushed job with the only goal being a clean audit. The purpose of the Operation Clean Audit campaign extends much further than one audit a year... (more)
Measuring marathon courses accurately
by Pieter de Jager, Athletics South Africa           

Defining and measuring a marathon route is a complicated undertaking and it's vital to get it right. If a world record or world best performance has been set on the route, a re-measurement may be required and an independent route measurer must be able to follow the route according to the description and route map... (more)
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In this issue...
- CPD programme in place for SA geospatial industry.
- Rural development, land reform and legislation
- SA gets most of SKA but what about fracking in the Karoo?
- PositionIT Inbox: letters to the editor
- Practical examples of the legal position of the high water mark
- Subsidence analysis using airborne laser scanning data
- Assessing Geographical Information Science Technology curricula
- Developing a geo-data frame to facilitate data integration (Part 2)
- Development of a GISc programme for CPUT
- Monitoring the changing face of South Africa's poverty
- Getting asset registers righ
- Measuring marathon courses accurately
- Views, comment and opinion
- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news
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