SANSA Earth Observation drives and coordinates South Africa’s Earth observation efforts to sustainably benefit all South Africans in an earth-friendly manner. Our activities are aligned with the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS) and other related international initiatives like GEO, GEOSS and CEOS. Our objective is to collect, assimilate and disseminate Earth observation data to support South Africa’s policy-making, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development initiatives.

Our impact is in providing:

  • Essential Earth observation services for socio-economic benefit, including environmental and resource management, disaster management and health, safety and security management
  • Data and value-added remote sensing services for Earth observation research and development
  • Human capital development and science advancement in geo-informatics, image and data processing and remote sensing


DigitalGlobe is the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis.

With the most sophisticated commercial satellite constellation in orbit and cloud-based platforms that enable analytics and information extraction at scale, DigitalGlobe provides geospatial information that gives customers the confidence to make critical decisions.

Customers across the globe rely on high-resolution global coverage, 17-year time-lapse image library, and best-in-class technology and tools to provide accurate, mission-critical information about our changing planet.

From environmental monitoring and map-making to defence and public safety, DigitalGlobe solutions fuel many of the global transformations that will change how we work, play and interact with one another and the world around us,


TIA is a national public entity that serves as the key institutional intervention to bridge the innovation chasm between research and development from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities, and private sector, and commercialisation.

TIA’s focus is on technology development; from proof of concept to the pre commercialisation. To achieve this, TIA established the following funds: the Seed Fund, the Technology Development Fund and the Commercialisation Support Fund.

In order to deal with the effective implementation of these funds, TIA implemented pre- and post-investment processes to improve client management, turnaround times and post-approval support to existing and new technology projects within the TIA portfolio. In terms of non-financial support to its projects TIA’s Innovation Skills Development (ISD) unit continues to strengthen its support in the areas of business and entrepreneur development.


RIIS is a boutique innovation consulting firm, focused on building networks and consortiums that solve intractable business and social problems.

We believe that long term sustainability can only be achieved through improvements and radical changes in the way that both business and society innovate. Innovation has traditionally been managed completely inside organisations – but this is no longer an effective or efficient way to source, acquire, develop and commercialise knowledge.

Our work focuses on three areas:

  • developing foresight about how society and technology will change;
  • how those changes impact on organisations and society; and
  • how to effectively manage those changes through professional innovation management


In 2013 Prof. Barry Dwolatsky, the director of Wits University’s JCSE (Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering), first mooted the idea of a digital innovation hub in Braamfontein. In the very heart of Johannesburg.

The idea grew into a zone that links hardware, software and digital content innovation with commercial success. A Precinct where technology businesses and digital products are nurtured and ideas become viable businesses.

Local and national government, as well as relevant private sector players, partnered with the University to create, in the words of Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib, an “interlocutor to change our world”.

The Tshimologong Precinct officially opened on the 1st of September 2016 and, since then, the vision has fast turned into reality