Opening Address - Minister Gugile Nkwinti Minister Gugile Nkwinti will be giving the opening address
The Hon. GE Nkwinti is a South African Member of Parliament, currently serving in the Cabinet of the South African Government as the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. From 1984 to 1989 he worked for the United Democratic Front (UDF), in the Eastern Cape, and he also worked as a research assistant in the department of psychology at Rhodes University. From 1990 to 1991 he served as the UDF and ANC regional secretary in the Eastern Cape. In 1994 he became the speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, and in 1999 he was elected as MEC for Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs in the Province.
In 2005 until 2009 served as MEC for Agriculture a position he held until he was appointed as Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2009, he was subsequently re-appointed as Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2014.
Closing Address - Minister Des Van Rooyen Minister Des Van Rooyen has a long and illustrious history in the liberation movement. The Minister has worked his way through the ranks of the ANC. He was involved in politics since the mid-1980s and is a former MK operative and soldier since 1986. In addition to this he has held various leadership positions in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) at Bethel High School and Khutsong Students Congress at Badirile High School. He was also a United Democratic Front (UDF) representative and a member of the National Union ofMineworkers. He skipped the country during the apartheid era and went into exile, living in Mozambique and Tanzania, earning the nickname the “Scorpion.”During the democratic era he served as a Ward Councillor and Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety at Merafong Municipality, eventually becoming the Executive Mayor, a position he held for six years. He was also appointed as Chair of the South African Local Government Association in the North West province. He was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 13 December 2015.
The Minister holds numerous qualifications in Local Government. In addition to this he holds a Masters in Public Management, as well as a Masters in Finance.His personal interests include soccer, golf, tennis, reading and hunting.
Monday 21st August
Dr Donna Hornby Dr Donna Hornby is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape, and a senior researcher focussing on land and agrarian issues at the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA).
Peter Rutsch Peter Rutsch has practiced as an attorney and conveyancer since 1969. He spent ten years at the Legal Resources Centre in Durban where he provided legal services to both urban and rural communities in informal settlements and on communal land on their right to land. He has more recently provided legal services to low income housing developments and is a Land Titles Adjustment Commissioner under Act 111 of 1993 investigating tenure security in urban townships. He has a special interest in the linkage between the formal registration system of land tenure and the concepts of indigenous law which define tenure to land applied in everyday practice by many South Africans. He drafted the Regulations to the Flexible Land Tenure Act in Namibia.
Siyabu Manona Siyabu Manona is a Phuhlisani director and an experienced land rights and administration specialist, primarily in the Eastern Cape and regarding individuals on communal land under the control of chiefs. He has been responsible for the community facilitation in a range of land tenure contexts ranging from urban, communal, Irrigation Schemes, Land Reform etc. From 2009 to 2012 to he was the public process manager in the large redevelopment initiative in Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape which primarily dealt with housing, tenure and settlement issues. He has a B Soc Sci, BA Honours in Development Studies, and M.Phil in Land and Agrarian Studies and studying towards a Town and Regional Planning Master’s degree. He is a member of the South African Council of Planners (Membership C/6092/2011).
Wednesday 23th August
Celiwe Kgowedi Celiwe Kgowedi -Director: Geographic Information Systems, Gauteng Planning Division, Office of the Premier is responsible for the implementation of the Gauteng Spatial data Infrastructure; Development of the Geoportal for the Gauteng City Region; Development of the GIS policy and GIS standards for the Gauteng City Region (GCR); Development of Gauteng Geo-portal, and Metadata catalogue for the GCR; Management and coordination of Gauteng GIS Forum; Provide support and promote use of GIS in the Gauteng Office of the Premier and the Gauteng City Region. She is also a member of the CSI data sub committee
Dean Angelides Corporate Director, International/Alliances/Partners ESRI, Redlands Dean Angelides has worked with thousands of organizations to implement GIS technology to improve their operations and decision-making over his 40 year professional career. Nearly 30 years ago he co-founded a GIS services company located in California. He joined Esri in 2005. Dean has worked with many different types of organizations and industries – local, regional and national governments, utilities, transportation and logistics firms, natural resources companies, engineering firms, agricultural concerns, conservation organizations, and health organizations. He has helped them devise strategies for incorporating GIS into their business, and then assisted them to successfully apply new methods to transform their organizations. Mr. Angelides has advised many executives and business unit leaders on how to get the most from their GIS investments. He has also served on a variety of advisory councils for GIS at local, regional and national levels. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the Geospatial Innovation Facility at the University of California, Berkeley, where Dean did both graduate and undergraduate study. In 2009, Dean was appointed as a Corporate Director by Jack Dangermond with responsibilities for overseeing all aspects of ESRI’s international operations, technology alliances, and business partnerships. He is dedicated to ensuring that Esri users are successful in their endeavors, and that The Science of Where and GIS technology and methods are successfully applied to overcome our toughest challenges around the world.
Aviad Almagor is the Director of the Mixed Reality Program at Trimble. Aviad specializes in a deeply frustrating though highly rewarding domain - introducing and implementing emerging technologies in enterprise markets - not a job for the faint-hearted. His role requires flexible stubbornosity, knowledgeable ignorancy, acrobatics, and mental agility. Aviad holds an MBA degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and a B.Arch degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.
Mixed Reality - Displacement of Space and Time.
Mixed Reality (MR) technology blends real-world objects with digital content, interactively, and in real-time. It helps users efficiently interpret physical and digital information and the spatial relations between them.MR technology takes 3D data beyond the confines of a 2D screen and fundamentally transforms the way we consume, interact, and communicate information. In this session, we will explore how MR integration with existing technologies can transform workflows and improve efficiency in industries such as buildings, heavy civil, and natural resources. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the possible impact of MR on their practice, and about the challenges that this technology should overcome. The session will include real-world examples of the use of MR hardware such as Microsoft HoloLens and Google Tango.
Dean Angelides Corporate Director, International/Alliances/Partners ESRI, Redlands
Dean Angelides has worked with thousands of organizations to implement GIS technology to improve their operations and decision-making over his 40 year professional career. Nearly 30 years ago he co-founded a GIS services company located in California. He joined Esri in 2005.
Dean has worked with many different types of organizations and industries – local, regional and national governments, utilities, transportation and logistics firms, natural resources companies, engineering firms, agricultural concerns, conservation organizations, and health organizations.
He has helped them devise strategies for incorporating GIS into their business, and then assisted them to successfully apply new methods to transform their organizations. Mr. Angelides has advised many executives and business unit leaders on how to get the most from their GIS investments. He has also served on a variety of advisory councils for GIS at local, regional and national levels. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the Geospatial Innovation Facility at the University of California, Berkeley, where Dean did both graduate and undergraduate study.
In 2009, Dean was appointed as a Corporate Director by Jack Dangermond with responsibilities for overseeing all aspects of ESRI’s international operations, technology alliances, and business partnerships. He is dedicated to ensuring that Esri users are successful in their endeavors, and that The Science of Where and GIS technology and methods are successfully applied to overcome our toughest challenges around the world.
Christian Schäfers Christian Schäfers from Leica Geosystems is a sales management professional with over 15 years’ experience in the terrestrial laser scanning and hand-held laser scanning business. He has worked in several positions in direct sales, sales leadership, business development and channel management in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He currently holds the position of Business Development Director BLK360 for the EMEA region. He will be establishing new key vertical markets away from the traditional surveying industry as well as establishing new channel partner networks.
Escaping the flatlands - Kendall James
As populations continue to shift into urban areas, municipalities must adapt to make better use of their resources. There is no shortage of information – the Internet of Things brings us data on assets from streetlights to traffic patterns. But how do you quickly decipher the information you need? The geospatial landscape is always changing, and our technology must adapt, too.
Kendall has worked in a variety of industries over the last 20 years of his professional career, including London’s major programmes (London 2012, Thames Tideway Tunnels and High Speed 2), commercial forestry, utilities, local and central government, engineering, asset management, BIM and environmental management.
Kendall brings together the value in deploying spatial strategies and information integration across multiple, seemingly disconnected information sets to drive business benefit within a spatial enterprise. His strong technical background and strong business sense combined with a passion for geography helps deliver business benefit at all levels within the spatial context.
His passion for geospatial technologies and solutions drives a strong interest in all things ‘Smart City’ with its confluence on the Internet of Things.
Kendall has a post graduate degree in Geography as well as a senior certificate in Engineering Management. He is a certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner Project Manager as well as Foundation in AGILE Project Delivery. He is a SAGC GISc Professional (PGP) and is currently completing a short course on the Internet of Things through MIT.
The ever-changing role of the Geospatial Practitioner – adapt or die?
Technological advances in hardware and software are not only impacting the process of capturing geospatial data, but also the accuracy and speed at which this is done. As a result, the relevance of geospatial data in the management of many organizations is increasing, as well as the need for increased accuracy, frequency and ease-of-use of such data.
This reality requires that the role of the geospatial practitioner changes and adapts to meet new and increased demands from organizations and customers. Precise measurement skills and data integrity assurance are no longer sufficient attributes of a successful surveyor – they need to expand their service offering and apply their expertise to manage geospatial data across the customer’s value chain.
This presentation will discuss some of these technological changes and the required approach to identify new opportunities for the application of geospatial data across the value chain of organizations.
David Crosoer, Executive of Research & Investments Investment strategies and how to diversify appropriately
David Crosoer, Executive of Research & Investments will do a presentation on investment strategies and how they are performing in the current market cycle.David is an economist and has more than a decade of experience in financial markets.
Tandisizwe Mahlutshana, Executive for Marketing at PPS Investments Economy : our socio-political and economic environment.
Tandisizwe Mahlutshana, Executive for Marketing at PPS Investments will do a presentation on the socio-political and economic environment we find ourselves in. Tandisizwe is a stakeholder relations professional and former journalist with 9 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Lawrance Modise, Chief Director from Stats SA "Global developments towards the integration of geospatial and statistical information and what are Stats SA's proposals for domesticating the work for policy making, monitoring and evaluation"
Lawrence Modise practices as a strategist with over 20 years’ experience in GISc and Remote Sensing. A recipient of Ruth First Scholarship, Lawrence obtained an MSc in Geo-Information for Development at Durham University in the UK in 1996. Prior to that, he completed his studies in Geography, Development Planning, Psychology and GIS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His professional career started at the CSIR in 1996 as a GIS Specialist, followed by various professional and managerial roles at Department of Rural Development & Land Reform, State IT Agency, Telkom, Intergraph, Esri-SA and his own consultancy, Marang Geo-Solutions. Lawrence is a registered Professional GISc Practitioner with the South African Geomatics Council and represents Stats SA in the Committee for Spatial Information which is entrusted with coordinating and overseeing matters relating to geospatial information across the South African government. Currently a Chief Director of Geography at Stats SA, Lawrence heads a division of 72 staff members responsible for the provision of geospatial information frames, geospatial tools and geo-statistical end-user support.