The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore collaboration relating to building a capable state that uses project management excellence (CDC) and Earth Observations (SANSA) on major infrastructure initiatives.
Coega Development Corporation is a development agency enabling sustainable socio-economic development in South Africa through investment, infrastructure development, SMME development, mentorship, and skills transfer facilitation. It strives to improve the delivery of infrastructure in the Eastern Cape by addressing skill shortages, unemployment, and other inefficiencies that characterise the delivery of infrastructure by government in South Africa generally and the Eastern Cape Province in particular.
According to CDC’s CEO, Khwezi Tiya, both parties to the MOU need to “craft a clear path that CDC becomes part of the South African Space Agency—leveraging from state institutions to deepen the capacity of the state”.
The MOU, which marks the beginning of a relationship founded on exploring future programmes and projects the organisations would be involved in, as part of deepening South Africa’s capacity as a state, was signed by Khwezi Tiya – for CDC, and Valanatham Munsami – for SANSA.
According to Valanatham Munsami, both parties have “signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore collaboration relating to building a capable state that uses project management excellence (CDC) and Earth Observations (SANSA) on major infrastructure initiatives.”
The signing witnessed addresses from Eugene Avenant and Lee-Anne McKinnel from the Space Agency, who spoke on the strategic location of South Africa, and Space Science, respectively. Imraan Saloojee, Justin Witten, and Tebogo Mokgalagadi also addressed the attendants on Earth Observation and satellite imagery, satellite engineering, and programme management, respectively.