Gauteng to launch its first drone programme

Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo will, on Monday 21 May 2018, officially launch the province’s first drone programme.

Mamabolo is expected to showcase and demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of deploying a drone as part of monitoring the construction of built projects such as schools, clinics, hospitals and libraries.

The department said it has been piloting the use of drones in construction since early January this year and has achieved successful results for the project.

Last week, Mamabolo said that the department will embark on 340 projects valued at R4.5 billion over the next three years, with R1.7 billion being allocated for the 2018/19 financial year to build schools‚ clinics‚ community centres and other public facilities.

TimesLive reported that the department will use the ‘Lutsinga nerve centre’ to analyse live project management data, and use technology to drive efficiency.

“It is for this particular reason that we have introduced the use of drones to monitor and conduct oversight on construction site performance‚ thus reconciling reported data by our officials and real life situation on the ground. We have been piloting the use of drones since early January this year. We are pleased with the results‚” Mamabolo said.


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