The 2014 Human Settlements Layer for South African Cities is now available

SANSA recently developed a 2014 city human settlement layer using 2014 SPOT 5 imagery (the latest available SPOT 5 imagery). This layer shows human settlement development in 2014 around selected cities. The areas covered in this layer are Gauteng province, Kimberly, Bloemfontein, East London, Cape Town, and Rustenburg.  The picture below shows 2014 human settlement development around Gauteng.

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Figure 1: 2014 Gauteng Human Settlements Layer

This product is a result of the development of a system that automatically detects human settlement data; a collaboration between and with JRC. A 2012 national human settlement was developed using this system

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The First Remote Sensing Atlas to be launched in SA

Remote sensing can be defined as the collection of data about an object from a distance. Humans and animals accomplish this task with aid of eyes or by the sense of smell or hearing. Earth scientists use the technique of remote sensing to monitor or measure phenomena found in the Earth's surface and atmosphere, through satellite, camera etc.

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SANSA has produced the first remote sensing atlas for the country. The atlas will be launched in 2016. The atlas has been developed to cater for a wide range of audience from high school learners, tertiary students, Government officials and the general public. It has been simplified in such a way that it is easy to understand while getting the message cross. The 40-pages atlas covers broad areas such as history of space technology in SA, SA satellites, application of satellite images, geology, mining, agriculture, woody-cover mapping, water quality, urban planning, urban development, post-floods analysis, and others. Satellite Remote sensing imagery has many applications in mapping land-use and cover, agriculture, soils mapping, vegetation, urban planning, and water and disaster management, among other uses.

Managing Director of SANSA Earth Observation, Dr Jane Olwoch said about the atlas “The images presented in this launch edition of the SANSA Space Atlas demonstrate the immense power that satellite Earth observation has in depicting the status of the environment and resources in time and space. Each pixel or a group of pixels represents a story that is a live story of the ever-changing status of the environmental ecosystems, functions and the natural resources within them. As human beings have the ability and need to use the environment and resources, they should also uphold a noble responsibility to protect the environment for us and future generations.”

The PDF version of the atlas can be downloaded from the three files below:

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Educators Training Worshop

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Msizi Khathide facilitating the workshop

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA)’s Science Advancement Service (SAS) unit, responsible for outreach and public engagements programmes, recently visited the North West province on the 20 – 22 October 2015 for an Educators Training workshop.

The SAS team conducted a practical workshop for Grade 7 Natural Science educators from three Bojanala Education Area Offices covering 3rd and 4th term curriculum. The team led by Msizi Khathide, Dan Matsapola and Sibongile Chabalala trained educators from Letlhabile, Moretele and Moses Kotane education area offices.

As part of a strategic goal to develop national human capacity and ensure transformation, SANSA has an objective of increasing youth awareness in science.

In support of this goal, SANSA trains and develops South Africans in key areas of national interest by promoting the uptake and appreciation of science among the youth and to improve the overall scientific literacy of the general public.  

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Teachers participating in practical activities

The Educators’ training workshop is a result of a partnership that was established earlier in 2015 between SANSA and the North West Department of Education and Sport Development.

“The workshop was developed in line with the new Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) which emphasizes the importance of linking theoretical components taught within the Natural Science curriculum with practical real-life application and to further undertake interactive hands-on practical activities.” said Dan Matsapola.

SANSA compiled a manual which aided the workshop. The manual covered 3rd and 4th term Natural Science curriculum which focuses on “Energy and Change” and “Earth and Beyond”. In their three days visit to the Bojanala district, the SAS team managed to train a total of 77 educators. One of the teachers said the training was beneficial and looks forward to imparting the skills and the knowledge to the learners. Another teacher mentioned that the training helped in also addressing the space science and technology content gap.

After watching a NASA video of Curiosity Rover landing on planet Mars, teachers felt inspired and appreciated the important their role in teaching basic science to learners. This will also help in motivating and encouraging learners to take up scientific studies. Teachers also showed a huge interest in visiting SANSA facilities with the learners so that they can gain deeper understanding of Space Science & Technology.

SANSA installs the new Earth resource terminal: CBERS-04

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SANSA EO staff and the CRESDA staff from China

14 October 2015 - The reception and installation of CBERS-04 terminal by China’s Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA) supported by SANSA staff, is yet another significant milestone in the agency’s quest to position itself as a recognized global space citizen. In 2008 the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enable SANSA to directly receive, process, archive and distribute CBERS satellite data free-of-charge to the EO community across Africa.

UKSPACE, SANSA, Airbus DS strengthen their partnership

SANSA welcomes delegation from Airbus Defence and Space

On 12th of October 2015, a delegation from Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) visited The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Earth Observation (EO) directorate to review and finalize their partnership agreements as part of their ongoing collaborative project.


SANSA and the UK Space Agency (UK-SA) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that allows the two agencies to collaborate on various aspects of space science research and infrastructure projects. Following on this collaboration and through the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP), SANSA and Airbus Defence and Space have joined forces in an IPSP project to develop space-based earth observation solutions for agriculture to benefit South African citizens.

Crop Watch for South Africa (CW4SA) is a newly funded exploratory project in the context of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP). Its main goal is to demonstrate a set of crop stress assessment tools that use satellites data and agronomical information to optimize the monitoring of field crop areas in both irrigated and dry-land production systems in South Africa. Expected outputs include vegetation moisture content, land surface temperature, evapotranspiration rate over dry-land cropping and/or irrigation fields through experimental sites located in the Free State province, South Africa.

South African farmers and extension services who are currently disadvantaged due to constrained access to near-real-time information on prevailing field crop condition will greatly benefit from the Crop Watch for South African service. This initial project will serve as a pilot study to provide sufficient evidence to build a case for a longer term programme of agricultural and natural resource monitoring and assessment.

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