Demystifying Space for Business
ZASPACE is the gravitational pull between the private and public sectors in the development of geospatial readiness; bringing collaborations and exciting opportunities toward one another.
By coordinating all of the industry’s efforts and representing the private sector, ZASPACE is the support system for any business that is enthusiastic about becoming involved in the world of space and harnessing the power of space and geospatial technology.
ZASPACE started in 2019 with a vision to stimulate growth and transformation of the space industry, making it easier to do business throughout the entire value chain. As the industry body supporting the private sector, we have access to resources and expertise to improve synergies and productive collaboration between sectors. Become a Space Legend and join our Space Transformation Mission.
Become a Space Legend
ZASPACE improves collaboration between public sector institutions like the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the private sector organisations across the entire space value chain in order to generate better insights and opportunities to grow the private sector and business overall.
Explore the universe of opportunity
Space and geospatial data provide crucial information and insights into disaster management and prevention, business decision making, environmental protection, natural resource management and improved communication structures ! The convergence of Earth observation, space navigation and positioning, and location intelligence is generating massive growth in the geospatial intelligence domain across the world. ZASPACE’s vision is to develop geospatial readiness through collaboration and co-creation, providing access to innovational funding and skills development of the sector, while also increasing synergies and productive collaboration between public and private sectors.
ZASPACE aims to address the problem areas by:
Providing access to local and international programs
Working with educational
institutes and departments to upskill the youth
Supporting SMMEs and startups offering exposure, incubation programs and innovational funding opportunities
Creating an ecosystem of collaboration between the private and public sector, increasing access to new markets and funding opportunities
Sharing knowledge, encouraging participation and inspiring collaboration through industry events
Being a trusted source of all the information, events, and candidate partners
Free promotion of your business in our online directory, increasing your local & global brand exposure
Access to Industry Consultations
and the Space Infrastructure Hub
Space technology has now reached a point where almost every business uses it – often without even knowing it. Therefore, it’s no longer only relevant to the space industry as all this technology is now part of our everyday business life, making things easier and better. Without it, businesses will be left behind.
We are creating a business ecosystem in collaboration with SANSA to make space resources and markets more accessible for all participants, opening up a universe of opportunities and unlimited potential.
The universe is calling – what are you waiting for?
How we are benefiting the industry
No matter where your organisation fits into the ZASPACE eco-system, you will gain real benefits and growth opportunities. Here’s how:
Space technology companies
Will gain expanded access to potential downstream and upstream users, direct funding for missions, custom payloads.
Traditional space tech users
Can enjoy expanded access to space technology companies, more powerful end-user market access and access to SANSA assets.
Will have access to all of this innovation, become part of extended solutions networks, new products and access to SANSA assets.
Skills development in South Africa
Through funding for programmes, employment opportunities, access to skills register as per needs, educational investment and mentorship.
Innovation and funding
Through direct access to SANSA, opportunities for collaboration and IP co-creation, access to international markets, access to niched skills.
The private sector
Will experience improved collaboration with the public sector and find it easier to do business within the space technology sector.
We’re on a mission to demystify space for businesses
The universe is calling
Space holds a world of opportunities, and the purpose of ZASPACE is to stimulate growth in space and geospatial sectors by helping businesses leverage space and space technology better, putting these opportunities within reach. This can be done through the development of geospatial readiness and competitiveness through collaboration, co-creation, providing access to innovational funding and skills development of the sector.
Meet the directors
Communication and Stakeholder relationships
Kamal Ramsingh is a self-confessed life servant of IT of which he dedicated nearly three decades of service across multiple sectors. Kamal has occupied executive positions at large multi-national consulting and systems integration firms and advised CIO’s and organisations across East, West, and Southern Africa.
He is a successful African ICT Entrepreneur and continues to express his passion and purpose of capitalising on the envisaged growth in the geospatial intelligence market. Founder and CEO of Geo Intelligence Corp, and chairman of MAPIT (previously TomTom SA) which is at the forefront of digital mapping solutions. MAPIT has established a deep penetration of the geospatial market providing location intelligence to over 2.1 million assets, whilst supporting GeoInt’s focus on providing ground-breaking geospatial products and solutions across multiple sectors.
His passion to grow the African geospatial market saw Kamal lead the formation of ZASPACE – our country’s first industry body representing the space and geospatial sector. Kamal is the Chairperson of ZASPACE and is transforming the geospatial and space sector in collaboration with the South African National Space Association (SANSA).
“This is definitely a special time for our country and sector. Our post pandemic reality has cast a sharp focus on space and location-based assets and how they can be leveraged at times of crisis. These realities also highlighted our lack of readiness (as a country) to adequately leverage these assets.”
Transformation and Empowerment
Mothibi was responsible, amongst others, for the advancement of the National Space Programme through the Satellite Applications Centre (a division of the CSIR), where he was positioned as a Centre Manger. The outcome of his contribution led to the establishment of the recently launched SA National Space Agency (SANSA).
Mothibi served as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Communications from July 2009 to December 2010. Served as a member of the Advisory committee on Health Technology for the Minister of Health, an ICT Panel Policy member of the Minister of Communications, and also the Chairperson of the GSM Africa Regional Interest Group (RIG) – _Regulatory and Policy. He is now employed at the National Lotteries Commission as the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Mothibi was bestowed with a full membership to the Institute of Chartered IT Professionals entitled to the designation of an Information Technology Certified Professional, South Africa [ITCP, SA 2019]. In February 2020 he was appointed the Chairperson of a Sub Committee of the Government Information Technology Officers Council (GITOC), responsible for Government ICT Programme and Strategy.
Mothibi has extensive working experience in both private and public sectors, with high level technical regulatory positions, as well as data analytics and a deep understanding of transitioning information silos into an enterprise-wide single information systems and environments.
Downstream Stakeholder Management
Janusha is a GIS Practitioner and the Owner of Wanscan Consulting a Geospatial and Data Services company that celebrates 20 years of delivering services of data excellence. Her motto ‘ a picture speaks a thousand words ‘ drives her passion to grow the Geospatial industry to take a step forward and take it’s place in providing information solutions for a better society and a better world for all.
Janusha’s contribution thus aims to assist the space sector help and drive solutions that are relevant, beneficial and smart. She is currently the National Chair of the Geospatial Society of South Africa and has already starting the journey of industry collaboration.
Janusha’s exposure to the public and private sector allows the vision to bring all that are affected by the space sector solutions together. She has won nominations in National and International solutions for Integrated Geospatial Data Solutions, including categories like Development Plans and Smart Cities.
Upstream Stakeholder Management
Francois Denner is an industrialist with a passion for the economic development and upliftment of society. Francois is the Owner and Director of The Enceladus Group (Pty), a strategic consulting company focused on industrial development which provides advice, strategy support, deal making facilitation and project delivery to International Organizations, Governments and Industry. During his >25 year professional career Francois has built an impressive resume and held various position, including: Member of the core team facilitating the development of the Masterplan for the South African Aerospace and Defense Economy, Space Programme Manager at the South African National Space Agency, Director of the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Chief Technical Advisor to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, to name a few of his achievements. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering. Themes central to his career include:
- Creation of industrial capabilities in developing countries as necessary foundation for economic development
- The catalytic effect of high-value and advanced manufacturing industries, with specific focus on the Aerospace, Defence and Space sectors, in order to unlock growth.
Innovation and SMME Development
Davis is the CEO at RIIS. He focuses on helping organisations and industries transform their innovation culture, behaviour and capabilities, and enabling them to remain relevant in a rapidly modernising and uncertain future. He has a diverse range of industry experience across the areas of strategy development, innovation, and risk management. He has also held high level and management positions in a range of organisations including KPMG, ERM, and the Gauteng Provincial Government. Further to his role at ZASPACE, Davis is also an Non-Executive Director at Anza Capital (an early stage African-focused VC fund), and the SA Innovation Summit. He holds several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science, business and social studies.