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South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

Fire engineering research and postgraduate programmes launched at Stellenbosch University

30th July 2018 Dr Richard Walls (Stellenbosch University) Stellenbosch University has established the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) which is the first university research group focussed on fire safety in Africa. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, will now be offering... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Building a Better Supply Chain in Africa

9th May 2018 Dustin Homer, Director: Client Solutions at Fraym It’s well known in the logistics and supply chain game that the last mile of a shipment’s journey is inevitably the most expensive – possibly accounting for over 50% of total delivery costs, according to a 2016 report by McKinsey. 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy was worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The foundation noted that the rise was due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in government space... 

Surface-water monitoring tool to manage water availability

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Monitoring available water resources accurately and consistently is a key information requirement for successful water resource management, says geographical information services company GeoTerra Image (GTI) director Mark Thompson. "With the Western Cape feeling the pressure of the drought, we... 

Altus completes Phase 1 exploration at Liberia mine

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2018 Aim-listed copper ores company Altus Strategies recently completed the first phase of an exploration programme at its 100% owned, 466 km2 Zolowo gold project, in Lofa County, north-western Liberia. Initial reconnaissance has identified over 50 alluvial gold mining sites; the largest mining site... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

South Africa advances new earth observation satellite

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported recently that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2017 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal Budget, particularly a A$28.7-million investment in the east coast gas security, and over A$70-billion to 2021 on transport infrastructure across Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said on Wednesday that the A$28.7 million east... 

South Africa's space agency advances new satellite and use of imagery 

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported on Monday that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

New Sansa head looking at new opportunities for the agency

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2017 Newly appointed CEO of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), Dr Val Munsami, will be actively seeking to identify and exploit potential areas in which to grow the activities and income of the organisation. “Our baseline budget is constrained,” he points out. “We are matching inflation.... 

Genetec Inc. Announces New Version of its Unified IP Security Platform, Security Center

27th July 2016 Genetec Inc, a leading provider of open-architecture, unified IP security solutions today announced version 5.5 of Security Center, the company’s open architecture, unified IP security platform that combines access control, video surveillance, ALPR, and communications. Security Center 5.5 offers... 

Space agency hampered by tight finances

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is seeking to fulfil its mission despite challenges. “All government entities are under pressure, given the state of the economy. We’re expected to do a lot more, with less,” points out Sansa Corporate Communications Manager Vaneshree Maharaj.. One... 

Multispectral, hyperspectral data used to assess AMD impact in Mpumalanga coalfields

By: Ilan Solomons     25th March 2016 Acid mine drainage (AMD) has become a major environmental problem associated with mining in South Africa, affecting not only gold mines but also coal mines, says Council for Geoscience (CGS) geophysicist Janine Cole. She explains that identifying and mapping areas of mine pollution on the ground... 

Satellite constellation tailored for African Continent now operational

11th March 2016 Africa can now rely on the services of a satellite constellation tailored for the continent to provide reliable data over a wide range of essential human activities and for the protection of the environment. The constellation which combines the services of ten satellites with the capability of... 

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2016 Monitoring abandoned mines and illegal mining activities using satellite imagery is now possible, says remediation services provider and subsidiary of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, Crosstech director Hansjörg Eberle. Crosstech, as part of the Swiss consortium that also includes software... 

German company develops integrated border surveillance systems

By: Keith Campbell     29th January 2016 Comprehensive land and sea border surveillance and security systems are entirely feasible with today’s technology. So assures specialist German-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, part of Airbus Defence and Security, itself part of the Airbus Group. “We are for sure the market leader... 

CSIR scientists detect sinkholes with new technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2016 Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently detected a formation of a sinkhole in Centurion, Pretoria, using satellite imaging technology which they have developed. CSIR student researcher Andre Theron used the Azimuth technology, a system designed to detect... 

Technology changing farming landscape, trend sees Afgri partner with GeoAgro

By: Tracy Hancock     30th October 2015 Farming in South Africa is moving toward the establishment of a mega farming system, a trend visible in the US, effectively through technology, agricultural technology company GeoAgro MD Jurie Groenewald tells Engineering News. Technology is massively important to Afgri’s clients, with Afgri CEO... 

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of five-year restructuring plan

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2015 South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual “Show and Tell” briefing in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. In the... 

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of five-year restructuring plan

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2015 South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. In the... 

New-generation satellite constellation gives improved data to SA users

By: Keith Campbell     3rd July 2015 South African users of satellite imagery will gain significant benefits from the latest generation of SPOT Earth Observation satellites, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7. These form a small constellation, being deployed 180 degrees apart in the same orbit. They replace a single satellite, SPOT 5, which was... 

Sansa working to develop Earth observation skills

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2015 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is actively working to develop skills in the country with regard to Earth observation data, especially among students and stakeholder institutions. But it is taking care not to duplicate other human capital development programmes in South Africa.... 

New satellite constellation gives improved data to SA users 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2015 South African users of satellite imagery will gain significant benefits from the latest generation of SPOT Earth Observation satellites, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7. These form a small constellation, being deployed 180 degrees apart in the same orbit. They replace a single satellite, SPOT 5, which was... 

Advanced mine stockpile reconciliation takes to space

By: Henry Lazenby     19th June 2014 Technological solutions provider to the resource industry Sandpit Innovation on Thursday revealed that it had partnered with global defence service provider Lockheed Martin to develop an advanced reconciliation service called mineRECON that launches advanced reconciliation into the space age.... 

Solar Resource Data for Southern Africa

22nd May 2014 Six universities from South Africa and one each from Reunion, Botswana, and Namibia are cooperating on the Southern African Universities Radiometric Network or SAURAN.  The network consists of 12 radiometric measurement stations in Southern Africa and on the island of Reunion equipped with high... 

Wits scientists debunk climate change myths, impact remains severe

By: Leandi Kolver     25th February 2014 Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have proved that, despite predictions, tropical storms were not increasing in number and that while global warming was causing frost to be less severe, late season frost was not receding as quickly as flowering was advancing, thus... 

Wits Scientists Debunk Climate Change Myths

25th February 2014 Wits University scientists have debunked two big myths around climate change by proving firstly, that despite predictions, tropical storms are not increasing in number. However, they are shifting, and South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by tropical cyclones within... 

Space agency launches 2013 edition of earth imagery for students

By: Keith Campbell     25th October 2013 The Earth Observation division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) recently launched its Fundisa 2013 educational resources, in Pretoria. These are directed at the country's universities and students and now, for the first time, at high school pupils as well. "Fundisa means to... 

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