SA census app to improve planning

first_img14 August 2013 South African mapping firm mapIT has released a location-based business intelligence application, MarketScope, based on Statistics South Africa’s census 2011 data, as a tool to improve government and business planning. The app has incorporated data for race, gender, age, income, education, language, employment status, household size and total population within local and district municipal boundaries. “This inclusion of the census data offers enterprise and government a comprehensive geo-spatial snapshot of their operations to allow planning, benchmarking and market analyses. It’s a virtual replication of reality,” mapIT managing director, Etienne Louw, said in a statement on Monday. MarketScope also comes standard with navigation service provider TomTom’s mapping data to ensure accurate analysis and benchmarking. TomTom has developed the most extensive mapping database in the world and includes over 10-million kilometres of roads and 2-million points of interest in Africa. “MarketScope’s four-module application geo-codes, imports, integrates and overlays proprietary information – customer, store, supplier and logistical data and third-party demographic research including census 2011 – onto a digital map for analysis and display in a geo-spatial context,” mapIT said. The four modules are client centric information, router, locator and spatial analyser. MarketScope also provides “decision-makers the ability to compare and contrast company data on consumers, sales patterns and customer trends with the latest census 2011 data and demographic information such as Living Standards Measures”, according to mapIT. Another feature of the app is the drive time analysis, which determines a drive time zone – the distance travelled through a road network in the given time. “The tool selects a driving time according to the nature of a business and how much time people would probably be willing to spend in their cars to get to this location,” the company said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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South Africa marks monuments day

first_img20 April 2016South Africa’s Freedom Park joined the world in commemorating International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April.Endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was enshrined in 1964. Its role is to lead the conservation and protection of cultural heritage sites.This year the theme of the day was “The Heritage of Sport” because “sports have developed from the origin of humankind onwards and have left testimonies to the diversity of installations and facilities related to their practice, many of them bearing values related to the development of architecture, art and techniques”, said Mechtild Rossler, the director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre.Sport was also a tool that helped nation building and to unite people, noted Freedom Park.“The 18th of April is a day which finds its purpose of having a reflexive ambience of cultural heritage worldwide,” reads the Freedom Park website. “Furthermore, sport has been a strong activity which has successfully aligned itself towards nation building and gives a platform for all cultural diversity to partake in.”Freedom Park, alongside the Department of Basic Education, the City of Tshwane and Lucas Moripe Foundation got learners involved by asking 10 schools to conduct presentations through speech and prose, to demonstrate the role of cultural heritage institutions and how to conserve them.Watch this to find out more about Freedom Park:Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Amit Shah meets RSS leaders in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here on Wednesday and held a closed-door meeting with the outfit’s top brass and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders.“Mr. Shah arrived at the Nagpur airport around noon, along with the RSS Sah-Sarkaryawaha [deputy general secretary] Krishnagopal. He directly went to the RSS headquarters in Mahal and met Mohan Bhagwat [RSS chief] and Bhaiyyaji Joshi [RSS general secretary],” said Chandan Goswami, in-charge of the BJP’s publicity wing in the city.According to sources, the newly appointed president of the VHP, Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, some other VHP leaders, and Union Minister Uma Bharati were present at the meeting.It was not clear what discussions the BJP president had with the top RSS and VHP leaders, However, RSS sources said the Karnataka Assembly elections and outbursts of former VHP working president Pravin Togadia could have been discussed.“The Karnataka election is crucial for everyone. The outcome of this election will decide if the Lok Sabha election will take place as scheduled or earlier. Also, it is a difficult election for the BJP. The BJP president may have briefed the RSS bosses about the situation there,” an RSS member from Nagpur said on condition of anonymity.Mr. Shah came out of the RSS headquarters around 4.30 p.m. and left by an evening flight. Ms. Bharati had, however, left the meeting at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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