A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized system used for
storing and analyzing information which is referenced to the surface of
the earth. A GIS makes use of hardware (computers) and specialized programs
(software), to perform spatial queries.
GIS is becoming increasingly important today, as more and more users find
it applicable. Areas such as agriculture, environmental management, local
government and many more make use of GIS. Qualifications in GIS are very
popular with employers, and will increase your employability.
Education and Training
The School of Environmental Sciences at UNIVEN has committed itself to
provide the community with knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of
the people. To ensure this, degree and certificate courses, with the focus
on GIS, are offered.
The GIS certificate course is a 10-day, instructor led course. Students
will acquire a basic theoretical foundation of the principles on which a
GIS is built, as well as practical experience in the use of GIS. Students
will become acquainted with ESRI's ArcView, the leading commercial software
package, used by many companies. The course is also certificated by the
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). After completion of the course,
students will be required to complete a minor project where GIS is applied.
To enroll for the GIS certificate course, candidates will have to show
competence with computer usage in a Windows environment (MS-Word & MS-Excel).
A standard entry test will have to be passed before candidates will gain
access to the course.
The School of Environmental Sciences has a state of the art GIS Resource
Center, The Resource Center is used for GIS support to members of staff
and also to the general public. In future, GIS research will be conducted
from within the Center. UNIVEN also has a GIS laboratory where instructor
led courses in the use of GIS is offered.
The GIS laboratory is conveniently situated next to the Resource Center.
Various products and services are offered by the Resource Center. Amongst
others, these include the following:
- A Digitizing Service
- GIS analysis
- Creating of Maps
- Printing of Text Documents and Maps (up to A0 format)
- Creating of Data CD's
- Ring Binding of Documents
Environmental Advisory Unit - background
Within the recent past, the University of Venda has received an increasing
number of requests from community leaders, NGO's and government departments
for advice on environmental issues.
The School of Environmental Sciences has pledged to provide a service to
address this need. This has led to the establishment of the Environmental
Advisory and Assessment Unit which provides advisory and consultancy services
for the entire community in Limpopo and adjacent provinces.
Structure and Objectives
Services of the Unit function through three sections i.e. Advisory Section,
Assessment Section and Capacity Enhancement Section.
The primary objectives of the Unit are to utilize the expertise in the
School of Environmental Sciences and, where necessary, expertise from other
- Provide advisory services on all matters relating to environmental quality
and safety, and strategies for natural resource management.
- Undertake research in order to provide information and create a knowledge
base for decision making on environmental issues at community level.
- Provide affordable consultancy services by undertaking environmental impact
assessments of development projects.
This section provides affordable services on a consultancy basis. The
following areas are covered:
- Environmental Impact Assessments(EIA) - This service covers all aspects
required by the various relevant laws and authorities with regard to the
natural, cultural and social environment.
- Environmental Management Plans (EMP).
- Pollution prevention and solid waste management.
- Community based natural resource management .
- Environmental reporting.
- Sustainable biodiversity utilization.
- Nature conservation, planning and management.
Capacity Enhancement Section
This section is involved in developing short courses. Offering of courses
depends on the register of interest by a minimum number of applicants and
availability of suitable staff. Some short courses are:
- Certificate in Environmental Management
- Certificate in Remote Sensing
- Certificate in GIS
- Diploma in National Resource Management
- Diploma in Mine Health and Safety
Advisory section to the community on all aspects of environmental management.
If applicable, the unit will assist in soliciting additional funding to
undertake the research neccessary to sustain a project. This section works
in co-peration with relevant institutes, NGO's, CBO's, experts and other
School of Environmental Sciences
GIS Resource Centre
Private Bag x5050
Tel: +27 15 962 8084
Fax: +27 15 962 8594
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The following is a list of staff members in the Department of GIS Resource
|Tel: +27 15 962 8084
Cell: +27 15 962 8594