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Land surveyors are outraged about a call for comments issued by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on the Draft Regulations for The Planning Profession Act, (ACT No. 36 of 2002). Their alarm regarding the proposed Act centres specifically on Section 4: Reservation of work exclusively for professional and technical planners, which is seen as a serious threat to the relevance and future of the land surveying profession. There is deep concern amongst land surveyors that the passing of this draft regulation will result in the marginalisation of land surveyors as property professionals and limit the practice of their craft to that of a technical profession… (more)

SANSA Space Operations, in conjunction with the SA-EU strategic partnership The Dialogue Facility, hosted an event to disseminate the results of the SATSA (SBAS Awareness and Training for South Africa) project which is drawing to a close… (more)

Australian researchers have created the first ever interior 3D map of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa by using a breakthrough mobile laser mapping system, the ZEB 1. This detailed record will be of great assistance in preserving the cultural heritage of the site… (more)

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT) is evaluating alternative procedures for acquiring survey work to meet the mandated service delivery levels. Henk Bresler from the GDRT has called on surveyors to assist with the evaluation and suggest possible new ways of acquiring and allocating surveying work which the department is unable to handle itself… (more)

Geomatics is key to planning, infrastructure development and service delivery. Geospatial data, services and tools are essential for achieving the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). It is disconcerting that the entire NDP has become part of a political game. National development planning is needed as a matter of urgency. To get our national development planning on track, South Africa urgently needs to get its spatial data infrastructure (SDI) up and running. SDIs justify their development costs by generating greater economic benefit for the countries that build them and the developed world has taken note of this. Countries in the developed world are making increasing use of SDIs while we here in South Africa seem to be getting nowhere despite the numerous SDI workshops and meetings that have been held over the last decade or so… (more)

Reading through the submissions at the recent parliamentary public hearings into the Geomatics Profession Bill, it was evident that GISSA, SAGI, IMSSA, and PLATO had common concerns about the somewhat indifferent consultation process, the inadequate defining of the geomatics profession, and the representivity of the new geomatics council. Most parties making submissions expressed their frustration with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) saying that comments submitted on previous occasions were not acknowledged, no feedback was provided and there was no evidence of the comments having been incorporated into the Bill… (more)

Naren Bhojaram, President of the Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA), warned that corruption is paralysing South Africa and eating away at the moral fibre of our society. He said that all South Africans were collectively responsible for this situation. He added though that President Zuma could not be blamed for the corruption in South Africa, because his job is to create a platform for business to operate in an ethical, responsible way and for him and his government to lead in an ethical and responsible way… (more)

According to a recent survey, digital mapping services have emerged as one of the most powerful growth areas in information technology in South Africa. The survey of 111 corporate and 400 SME decision-makers was conducted by World Wide Worx with the backing of digital mapping provider MapIT… (more)

During the course of this year, it has been interesting to hear people debating the need to keep the geospatial professions relevant and to heighten their perceived value to a range of key players in the private and government sectors. It is increasingly clear that surveyors’ specialised and hard-earned measurement skills are under threat as surveying  tools become simultaneously easier to use and increasingly accurate… (more)

A full quorum of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) met on 1 October 2012 and agreed to adopt several recommendations proposed by its Data Sub-committee relating to the definition of base spatial datasets, criteria for base spatial datasets, criteria for data custodians, and the identification of an initial list of base spatial datasets and data custodians… (more)

South Africa’s proposed privacy law calls for fines of up to R10-million rand or prison terms of up to 10 years for directors of companies and organisations failing to comply with its provisions. The Protection of Personal Information Bill (PPI), which is in its seventh and final draft, is being circulated in parliament and is expected to be signed into law in the next few months… (more)

Tensions were high at the NSIF and GISSA workshop dealing with Geo-information Science (GISc) professional registration held in Pretoria earlier this month. It was very clear that there is a lot of disgruntlement with the PLATO registration process and the PLATO GISc professional academic model… (more)

The work of the ISO/TC 211 is viewed by some members of the South African geospatial community as being utopian and oblivious to the realities on the ground. GIS community members explained that some South African GIS departments are struggling to get the basics of GIS right and are unable to deal with the fancy footwork required of some ISO standards… (more)

Collaborative data collection, more commonly known as crowdsourcing, has taken off. Traditionalists question the quality of this crowdsourced data but where its strength lies, particularly in the mapping world, is in the ability of enthusiastic volunteers to provide specific details on areas that aren’t covered by commercial or public sector mapping organisations… (more)

The rehabilitation of this airstrip has included the construction of  23 000 cubic metres of raft foundations, the largest ever done in South Africa, in order to provide sufficient support for aircraft landing in the dolomite risk area in which the airstrip is located… (more)

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