SANSA-JICA collaboration for Earth observation capacity building


In line with SANSA's mandate to expand human capacity development opportunities to the public sector and the entire Earth observation community in South Africa, the agency took a delegation of ten SA scientists to Japan for a four weeks training expedition.

AfriGEOSS Symposium delivering Earth observation for policy and sustainable societal impact in Africa


The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) sent two representatives, Mr Imraan Saloojee and Mrs Naledzani Mudau, to the 2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium held in Sunyani, Ghana, on the 12-15 June 2017. This 2nd symposium took place under the theme: Delivering Earth observation for policy and sustainable societal impact in Africa.

The Symposium was hosted by the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), a relatively newly established Ghanaian University with a rapidly developing faculty in Remote Sensing and Earth observation. AfriGEOSS is an initiative of the African community in GEO aimed at providing a coordination and collaboration network for the development and uptake of Earth observation systems, data, information and knowledge, critical to improving the socio-economic status of Africa's people

Earth Observation Researcher, Mr Mahlatse Kganyago’s paper published in the International Journal of Remote Sensing

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Titled: EO spectrometer helps to identify relevant bands for early detection of famine weed.

A recently purchased Spectral Evolution field spectrometer by Earth Observation directorate was put to task in a quest to identify relevant spectral bands for early detection of a harmful invasive alien plant commonly known as famine weed.

This instrument was used in the field to capture reflectance from famine weed and other different plant types occurring in the same area. To the naked eye (or visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum), these plant species look similar due to their green coloured leaves and can only be differentiated based on their structure at a closer look. But such exercise would be time consuming, costly and tedious. On the other hand, field spectrometer allow for identification of different plant types based on their unique absorption and reflection intensities in different parts (or bands) of the electromagnetic spectrum.

SA scientists tour Japan

Japan trip

A group of ten scientists from South Africa departed from the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday, 24 June 2017, for a four week training and study tour in Japan.

The delegation is comprised of SANSA's stakeholders such as Eskom, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality, Southern mapping, South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA), Department of Human Settlements, Transnet National Ports Authority and SANSA.

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Bloemfontein – Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

The central parts of Bloemfontein CBD, poetically known as the “city of roses”, acquired here in high-detail by SPOT6 in 2016. Bloemfontein, the sixth largest city in South Africa, is the capital city of the province of Free State and the judicial capital of the nation.

For tourism, socio-economic information and more, visit the official site of Mangaung provided in the link below: 

Image credits:
Produced by SANSA Earth Observation Directorate 2017. All rights reserved.
SPOT6: Airbus Defence & Space 2013. All rights reserved.

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