About Ndilisa Didiza
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‘Invest in our Planet’
Earth Day is an annual celebration that honours the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
As a geospatial company that provides Remote Sensing and GIS, it is important to share the relevance of Earth Observation (EO) in Earth Day.
Earth observation involves using satellites and other instruments to gather data about the Earth’s environment, including the atmosphere, oceans, and land. EO is important for Earth Day because it allows us to understand the state of the planet and the changes that are taking place.
By analysing EO data and technology, we can monitor changes in the Earth’s climate, track the health of ecosystems, and identify areas that are at risk of natural disasters. This information is essential for making informed decisions about how to protect the planet and ensure the sustainability of our natural resources.
Here is a video of our Director, Ndilisa Didiza, with eNCA, talking about Earth Day and Earth Observation:
Locate, analyse, manage – GIS allows you to do just that. Here is a map to help you locate vaccination sites in South Africa, starting with the Gauteng province.
Using ArcGIS online, a cloud-based mapping and analysis solution, the map allows you to zoom in, for example, to your residential area, click on a site and a pop up with information on the site appears.
Credits: Municipal Demarcation Board, Department of Health Official COVID-19 Website, Esri South Africa, Khanyisa Mpisane, Given Mabaso
The sites provided do not represent an exhaustive list of all the vaccination sites.
We therefore welcome additional sites to add on to the list. However due to business responsibilities during the day, we can only make updates on a regular basis. We kindly request your patience should you contribute in this regard.
Ndilisa Didiza, CEO, Kgothatso Innovations
My name is Ndilisa Didiza and I run an innovative GIS consulting company called Kgothatso Innovations. Our clients usually have 2 main questions they ask
1) What is GIS? and
2) How can it help my business, in other words what can GIS do for me??
If you are involved in business, everything that happens in it has a where, a place where either, transactions take place or projects are being undertaken. Something happened, is happening or is soon to happen at a location which affects your business. GIS is a technology that assists you to gain insight on the location in question, such as factors affecting the surrounding areas. As an aid to decision making, our clients have successfully used it as follows.
- Environmental companies use GIS technology to map & Analyse the area in question and support their reports such as in Environmental Impact Assessments
- Law Firms may require historical Mapping Analysis, Incident Scene Analysis, to help strengthen their argument and give insight to the judge or judges presiding the case
- Accounting & Auditing may require Asset Mapping & Registration to help identify and accurately value their client’s assets and improve transparency in giving an organisation’s true financial standing
- FMCG companies may use it to map and track their assets be it in conducting deliveries, setting up installations, etc.
- Engineering companies require GIS to build transport modelling and traffic monitoring solutions, also to map project areas and keep a thumb on project developments
- Surveyors and survey companies require GIS for setting up of Ground Control Points (ground truthing), and site mapping
These are only a few examples of the many uses that GIS technology can and is providing to all elements of private & public sector activity. The reality is GIS technology comes at a prohibitively high cost which has made access to its value limited only to big business. I should rather say, access was only limited to big business, until now. Our whole aim as a company is to allow you to have access to high quality GIS, at a fraction of the cost. Come and talk to us, we are ready to assist you in unlocking hidden value in your business.
Ndilisa Didiza, CEO, Kgothatso Innovations
I just got off the phone with my fibre service provider. Let’s call them ‘FibreGals.’ This was my 7th phone call to FibreGals over two weeks.
On the 1st of August I moved to a new place. In between the decision to move or not and adjusting to the new ‘normal,’ I forgot that I need to arrange for my fibre services to be moved to the new address. I eventually wrote FibreGals the email, notifying them of the move and the details of the new address.
After following up on the same email and receiving no joy, their WhatsApp line suggested I phone the customer centre. I kept receiving standardized responses on WhatsApp with no real solution for 2 weeks, including an email informing me it would take up to 30 days to cancel a subscription. Eventually a real person called to inform me that the installation could not take place as there was an already existing line on the property.
During the call the technician discovered that, I was renting a cottage in the same property as my landlord. It turns out that its possible to have more than 1 connection in such circumstances. There are multiple cottages in the property where I stay.
As I type this, the field agent has been instructed to install the line for my cottage.
Where is the lesson here??
In these covid times, when many professionals are working from home, fibre is no longer a luxury, but a necessary tool. A whole month or more without connection can significantly affect productivity and increase risk of exposure to covid for professionals who may be forced to work from an office environment instead of the safety of their homes.
I don’t know about you, but my business can’t afford to lose one client’s subscription .
As a fibre service provider, what you need is insight into the geographical area in which your clients reside so you can maximise coverage and penetration. Using our industry leading Geo-Analytics, we help unlock the trends hidden in your data and give you the tools to understand how Geography impacts your business. For example, we can help you spot geographic trends and identify patterns, know exactly where your opportunities are (be it customers, assets or natural resources) and find over and under-served areas. Ultimately helping you allocate your resources effectively and making business-savvy decisions instantly, giving you greater flexibility and enhanced cost saving.
When it comes to GIS (Geographical Information Systems), the right questions are always of most importance.
Ndilisa Didiza, CEO, Kgothatso Innovations
The Covid-19 Pandemic, that caused the world to stop, has not been dissimilar to when a vehicle, with occupants in, is suddenly forced to stop. In worst cases life threatening injuries occur and at best we are left disoriented with our hearts in our proverbial mouth. This has been the case for the majority of businesses in South Africa both large and small. The sudden suspension of economic and business activity has left most having to bear ongoing operational costs without corresponding income. Even though government has put together measures to cushion the blow, some businesses will be knocked out and yet for those that survive, great opportunities await.
Which are the businesses that survive?
In Disaster situations the likes of which we are now faced, it is those businesses that prove to be adaptable, flexible, and intuitive in responding that will have the best chance of surviving. This implies having insight into the nature of the disaster and utilising technology as a key instrument in how business is conducted, and decisions are made. How the technology is to be utilised and in what ways to allocate resources are questions best answered by Enterprise GIS.
What is Enterprise GIS?
Enterprise GIS allows use of mapping software throughout the business; maps give context and add richness and depth to business decisions. Now more than ever, when business is confronted with disaster, it needs to know that all the plans are in place and the business has contingencies to mitigate unexpected events. Most businesses have been left exposed because they have always been conducting business as usual and ignored, or worse, forgot about the importance of having a Business Continuity Plan, and not just any plan, but a Geo-centric Business Continuity Plan.
Executive dashboards can be built using real-time news feeds and notification systems. An example being the Covid-19 Dashboard on your right, built on an Esri Platform.
Real-time data feeds can be combined with mapping and GIS analysis.
Tracking applications can be installed on the Web-Viewer that can trigger notices and map views for the business continuity manager
A Business Continuity Plan?
A Business Continuity Plan gives you the how to, in the event of a disaster or unexpected business disruption. It enables an organisation to mitigate risks that may cause disruptions in areas such as health and safety, loss of productivity from downtime, loss of work to competitors, failures within the supply-chain, penalties from regulators, and higher resultant insurance premiums. Regardless of industry or size, all companies have responsibilities from a compliance standpoint. A Business Continuity Plan assists in monitoring and tracking compliance from these perspectives.
What If I have Multiple Sites?
Each site has unique characteristics that are influenced by its location. Businesses that have operations in multiple sites across a city or country, require a geocentric Business Continuity Plan. It helps to strengthen and formalise organisational preparedness and response to disaster, enabling timely and cost-efficient response while reducing the cost of business disruptions on human lives, operations, assets, and financial resources.
Joburg Metro Covid19 Cases Map View
A Geocentric Business Continuity Plan utilises the Map for:
- Understanding locations of highest risks
- Identifying employee households at risk
- Understanding centres of social unrest and increased risk
- Locating the closest health centres such as clinics or hospitals for employees
- Identify safe areas where business can continue to operate
Kgothatso Innovations and ABMI have developed a geo-centric business continuity management solution that not only integrates the attribute-based maturity index (ABMI) practice guideline D3 with BCP best practice but does it on a GIS platform. Kgothatso’s ABMI inspired GIS, can develop event scenarios and map outcomes efficiently, allowing seamless responsiveness.
Geocentric – BCP Flow chart
Start the process today.
Take a free Covid19 Risk Assessment
Our Solutions cater not just for big enterprise clients but also for small to medium scale operations that need Business Continuity Solutions that fit within their budgets. To this end we have an Outsourced GIS office that would provide the skills and manpower required to support geocentric decision making without the prohibitive labour overheads that can strangle the business’ capacity and responsiveness.
Kgothatso Innovations understands how geographical information systems can add value to your business.