The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

New mosaic aids in delivery by government

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Fig 2The latest SPOT 5 national mosaic for 2012 has been released at an event by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) to key stakeholders in government departments and private industry for use in addressing national requirements. 

The imagery which is collected over a period of 12 months is downloaded and processed by SANSA into the comprehensive tool which is delivered free to stakeholders who utilize this information to address issues facing South Africa, such as planning for infrastructure and housing, agriculture, water and environmental management and national census, amongst others. 

Dr Jane Olwoch, MD of SANSA Earth Observation stated, “It is a significant achievement for SANSA to be able to provide a state-of-the-art product that brings huge impact to the lives of our citizens when used by our government stakeholders.” The mosaic is made up of 485 images taken by the SPOT 5 satellite which has been processed and compiled to make up the entire map of the country. The detail within each of the tiles of the mosaic provides information of an area 60km by 60km. 

 

Science is for girls

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Girl learners1"Globally, women occupy only 25 per cent of senior management positions and, in 2008/2009, were on average paid 23% less than men," this is according to the United Nations under its third Millennium Development Goal which is to promote gender equality and empower women.

For the second year running, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) united with Cell C to take part in its Take a Girl Child to Work Day on 30 May 2013. This is part of SANSA's drive to stimulate interest in science and develop capacity in space science and technologies in South Africa.

"As a woman working in a technical environment, I am able to witness the challenges and stereotypes that we as women are faced with; and share my amazing experiences of how to overcome these barriers," says Gladys Magagula, Mission Control Specialist at SANSA's Space Operations directorate and host for the day. "We want to expose these girls to career choices that are totally out of this world."

SANSA hosted 35 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 from Mandisa Shiceka Secondary School, in the nearby Krugersdorp area. The theme for the day was Science is for girls and the learners were treated to a fun-filled programme followed by lunch, a tour of the facility and the handing out of goodie bags.

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