Flying the SANSA flag high in Zimbabwe

2016-05-17-AfriGEOS Symposium

SANSA's Dr Tendani Lavhengwa (left) and Mr Imraan Saloojee (right) posing for a pic with Prof Amon Murwira at the AfriGEOSS symposium

Forging relationships and exploring new dimensions is an essential ingredient in the success of a young space agency such as the South African National Space Agency. SANSA participated in the first AfriGEOSS symposium held on 27-29 April 2016 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The symposium was hosted by the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) on behalf of the government. GEO was established in 2005 as a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisioned “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information”.

The GEO community, comprising of 101 nations, is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources world-wide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas. Representing SANSA was Dr Tendani Lavhengwa and Mr Imraan Saloojee who spoke about the significance of Contributing to the Implementation of the African Space Programme: EO Data and Infrastructure space segment - available observations, observational gaps, data access, archive, processing and dissemination. Mr Saloojee spoke about the importance of private sector engagement.

Themed under "Earth Observations for the Africa We Want", the symposium discussions focused on ensuring that AfriGEOSS activities respond to the broader African agendas and objectives such the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.

Earth observation data and knowledge is crucial for humanity as it faces unprecedented social, economic and environmental challenges at global, regional, national and local levels. Furthermore data obtained from Earth observation and knowledge derived from those observations is fundamental for identifying and implementing solutions, monitoring progress and measuring impacts.

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Registration closed on 25th May 2016

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Directions to Event - SANSA Corporate and Earth Observation Offices

 

SANSA signs an MoU with DPSA

SANSA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

SANSA CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga and the Director General of department of Public Service and Administration, Mr Mashwahle Diphofa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 30th April 2016.

SANSA CEO Dr Malinga and DPSA DG Mr Diphofa signing the MoU.

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SANSA CEO Dr Malinga and DPSA DG Mr Diphofa signing the MoU

The MoU underpins SANSA’s strategic goal to address South Africa’s challenges through space services and products.

Explaining the significance of this signing, in his welcoming address, Dr Malinga said “This is a very important engagement from our side…it has been long coming, we are delighted to have you here and we are very excited that we have come thus far.

We see the DPSA as a key government department; therefore we believe that this partnership we are establishing today will foster greater integration and assimilation of what we do here at SANSA into the public sector”. Echoing the sentiments of Dr Malinga, the DG of DPSA Mr Diphofa said “We are very happy that this long overdue partnership is finally formalised…a few years ago we established a branch in DPSA for policy research. Amongst the things we trying to do through this branch is to oversee policy formulation, policy implementation and work around the norms and standards…”

All these are in the interest of public service because we need to have informed service delivery planning. So we look forward this partnership with you to assist us in this process.”

The signing ceremony was attended by a high level delegation from SANSA, DPSA and the Deputy Director General for Technology Innovation in the Department of Science and Technology, Mr Mmboneni Muofhe.

The senior management from SANSA, DST and DPSA

The essence of the MoU is an agreement that SANSA will provide Earth observation products and services (images and data) to the DPSA.

Speaking on behalf of the department of Science and Technology, DDG Muofhe remarked that “It is quite an exciting moment for us. As a department we had realised that the role of science, technology and innovation goes beyond what we may have believed in the past that it is a secluded area of work from where people like us cannot benefit. I do think that the economy as big as ours cannot afford not to tap into the scientific evidence to inform decision-making and planning. I am really looking forward to the implementation of this MoU.

 

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SANSA develops drought monitoring system

South Africa is currently battling its worst drought in decades. The drought disaster has a negative impact on social, environmental and economic stability and continues to pose a major threat to food security throughout the world.

The ultimate knock-on effect could see farmers closing their farms which will subsequently lead to labour lay-offs.

Maps depicting change in vegetation overtime in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

For the purpose of monitoring agricultural drought, remote sensing data and various field indicators are required to provide a comprehensive depiction of the drought phenomena and its adverse impacts on agriculture and food security.

In response to the drought situation, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) put together a team of remote sensing scientists to form SANSA Drought Observatory (SANSA-DO).

The team has developed a vegetation change visualization showing the temporal and spatial progression of vegetation stress during the 2014/2015 growing cycle. The visuals are presented using animated maps which gives quick insight into the development of drought disaster currently being experienced across the country. The benefits of using this technology will assist decision makers in identifying areas that are extremely affected and prompt instant response. It also indicates areas that are more prone to drought which will aid future planning.

The technology has the ability to further provide an effective means for mapping the location, extent and changes of surface water over-time which will assist in assessing water availability across the country.

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