On the 17 October 2012, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) held their company MANCO meeting at the SANSA ground station. The representatives were met by Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director at SANSA Earth Observation, who introduced the group to earth observation and remote sensing data. South African Weather Service members were treated to a tour of the facility upon completion of their meeting to conclude their visit.
Currently, SANSA Earth Observation data is received by more than 60 national, provincial and municipal government departments in addition to research and Higher Institutions of learning in South Africa. The visit by SAWS Management Committee is a stepping-stone to many more collaborations anticipated from the two institutions. In-situ weather information combined with satellite information presents a resource that is key to understanding our weather and climate system.