The South African Weather Service visits SANSA’s ground station

1On 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.

UNISA Geography Honours students visit SANSA

1Organised annually as part of the exposure for the Honours students, Proffesor Maarten Jordaan of UNISA's Geography department has been organising visits to Hartebeesthoek for the last five years. In 2012, owing to the large size of the group of 80, SANSA decided to split the group into two equal groups of 40 Honours students each. The first group visited on SANSA on the 10 October 2012 and was received by Johnny Rizos of the SANSA Earth Observation directorate.

Dr Douglas Cripe visits SANSA’s ground station

Dr DouglasOn the 1 November 2012, SANSA Earth Observation had a brief visit from Andiswa Mlisa and Dr Douglas Cripe who heads the AfWCCI, a GEOSS platform (African Water Cycle Coordination Initiative). They attended the IGCP 565 Workshop 5: Water Security for Africa: Bringing together Research, Monitoring and Managing and this was followed with the Water Net Symposium held at the same venue.

Japanese professors visit SANSA’s Hartebeesthoek station during WSW 2012

1Following the South Africa-Japan Space Colloquium hosted at the University of Pretoria under the theme Promoting Space Exploration and Earth Observation: Contribution of Japan and South Africa to Humanity six Japanese Professors visited Hartebeesthoek. The visit took place on the 4 October 2012, marking the start of World Space Week 2012 under the theme Space for human safety and security. The Professors were accompanied by representatives from the Japanese Embassy of staff and aimed to learn more about the business activities of the two SANSA directorates co-located at Hartebeesthoek. In the absence of both Managing Directors, Dr Paida Mangara welcomed the visitors.

SANSA Earth Observation Fundisa disk to be distributed nation-wide

Fundisa 1The South African National Space Agency's (SANSA) Earth Observation directorate will be distributing its annual Fundisa disk to tertiary institutions around South Africa in the form of a Road Show this October, to coincide with World Space Week.

The Fundisa disk is an initiative started in 2009 to provide students with an overview and gateway to remote sensing. 'Fundisa,' which means to teach in Zulu, is an appropriate way of describing the functionality of this geospatial tool. "SANSA's Fundisa disk is made up of an assortment of earth observation data such as satellite imagery, a variety of vector data, open source software, and sample imagery," explains Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director at SANSA Earth Observation. The disk will allow students and instructors interested in pursuing studies in geospatial sciences, free access to a range of data and tools.

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