Using space technology to upgrade squatter camps

I recently spoke to a friend of mine at Denel Dynamics about how exactly the technology they are developing for the weapons industry helps us ordinary people – and one of the projects she told me about was the ugrade of informal settlements in the North-West province – you can’t go more “ordinary” than that.

She says SANSA Earth Observation ( SANSA stand for South African National Space Agency) is involved in many local and international impact projects, where the application of satellite data or remote sensing imagery is helping to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters.

She says in an informal settlement upgrading programme, the first ever satellite-derived baseline information on informal settlements has increased the ability of the provincial Department of Human Settlements in South Africa’s North West Province to address housing needs and improve the livelihoods of people living in such settlements. (more on