Company Information

Southern Mapping uses a variety of technologies to deliver geospatial information to a range of industries and market sectors. Our staff offers services to support civil engineering and infrastructure development, mineral exploration and mine management, environmental planning and rehabilitation, pipelines, railway lines and all forms of infrastructure, whether new or existing. 

Our sister company, Southern Mapping Geospatial, was founded in September 2010. This company holds a Level 2 BBEEE Certificate and uses a variety of technologies to deliver geospatial information to public and private clients throughout South Africa. We also integrate this geospatial information into GIS frameworks tailored to customer requirements. 


Norman Banks

Norman Banks


Norman graduated from the University of Natal in 1984 with a degree in land surveying. He joined the Eskom Transmission Land Survey Department in 1985 and registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in 1987. Norman has experience in cadastral surveys, power line route selection and surveying, precise control and monitoring surveys on power stations, and production of power line plans and environmental maps.

Jim Vaughan

Jim Vaughan

Technical Director

Jim graduated from the University of Natal in 1972 with a degree in land surveying and registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in 1974. He is experienced in cadastral and control surveys as well as cadastral examining. Jim joined Eskom South Africa in 1982, where he was employed as a land surveyor, senior land surveyor (spesifically in the field of power stations) and manager of GIS at various stages of his career.

Jannie Engelke

Jannie Engelke

Sales Director

Jannie graduated in 1991 with a higher national diploma in survey and worked for the Eskom Transmission Land Survey Department on power line route selection and surveys. He also worked on precise surveys on power and substations, specialising in environmental studies, public participation and management plans for power lines. He is registered with Plato and is a member of the South African Geomatics Institution (SAGI).

Mark Coote

Mark Coote

Chief Technical Officer

Mark has over 10 years of experience in aerial surveying and remote sensing. He started his career in data processing and obtained a post-graduate diploma in business. He was appointed to the position of Chief Technical Officer, and his responsibilities include managing all technical aspects of the company as well as the research and development aspects of equipment, processing and data management.

Tilly Pillay

Tilly Pillay

Chief Financial Officer

Tilly is a SAIPA certified financial and business consultant with 12 years of auditing experience and 16 years of financial exposure (12 years  at the executive level). She has a proven track record of performance and an extraordinary ability to achieve results in terms of production output, delivery deadlines, quality and overall business process efficiency. Tilly is also an ICF-accredited coach.

Andre Wehmeyer

Andre Wehmeyer

Aircraft Ops Manager

Andre has extensive aviation management, human resources, industrial relations and general management experience. He has worked for large corporate organisations as well as small companies, incorporated and non-listed. Through the years, his successful execution of tasks has resulted in recognition and several promotions to more senior positions.

Christelle Ferreira

Christelle Ferreira

Survey Ops Manager

Christelle first started her career in the aviation industry in 2007 as assistant to the director of operations. Over the next 10 years, she progressed to her current position of survey operations manager by performing optimal project management and ensuring that projects are executed with maximum efficiency. Christelle has expanded her skill set to include marketing, health and safety, logistics and human resources.

Andries Botha

Andries Botha

Remote Sensing Manager

Andries is an applied earth sciences practitioner with a focus in the geological sciences. He has experience in the geology, remote sensing and GIS software packages used to create products for strategic decision-making in the exploration, mining, engineering and agricultural sectors. His graduate and post-graduate studies provided a thorough grounding in geology, GIS and remote sensing.

Jacques Pieterse

Jacques Pieterse

Processing Manager

Jacques is the processing manager for Southern Mapping Company and has over 12 years of experience in the lidar and spatial industry. He is also highly skilled in the range of CAD, GIS and photogrammetry software used to produce spatial information for GIS and mapping clients from the municipal, engineering and mining sectors. Jacques' post-graduate studies provided a thorough grounding in lidar and GIS theory.



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New SatAgro Crop Monitoring and Management platform for South Africa

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American Systems Registar (ASR), an ISO 9001 Registrar, was established in 1997 by a team of experienced auditors, successful quality professionals and various experts in standards/technical specifications. These leaders believe that quality and environmental standards should be used as business management tools.





SGS (HART) Aviation advises corporations, governments and airport owners/managers on technical and commercial issues to help minimize and efficiently manage their exposure to aviation risk. Southern Mapping has been accredited with the very prestigious Hart Aviation certification again this year.




The SA Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) is a not-for-gain organization established as a public-private partnership between South African business and the Department of Trade and Industry to facilitate the export growth and internationalization of its members.




The primary objectives of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA) are to advance the continued science and practice of mine surveying and allied disciplines, promote and protect the character and interests of the profession of mine surveying and foster professional etiquette at all times.





The South African Geomatics Council (SAGC) is comprised of an elected committee of members. All qualified surveyors, technologist surveyors, technician surveyors and GISc practitioners within our company are registered with the South African Council for Professional & Technical Surveyors (PLATO).





The South African Council for Natural Science Professions (SACNASP) is the legislated regulatory body for natural science practitioners in South Africa. SACNASP encompasses a wide range of scientific fields and many of their applied derivatives. The organization's mission is to establish, direct, sustain and ensure a high level of professionalism and ethical conscience amongst our scientists with internationally acceptable conduct.






The Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) is a special interest group of the Geological Society of London (GeolSoc) and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc). The GRSG is an association of enthusiasts keen on the geological aspects of remote sensing. The current membership includes geologists and remote sensing experts employed within industry, academia and government.





The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) is a not-for-profit scientific and professional society for earth scientists. First established in 1895, GSSA is one of the oldest scientific societies in South Africa, and its over 2,500 members promote and advance the earth sciences throughout Africa (South Africa in particular).






Southern Mapping is a member of the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA). GISSA's mission is to represent the geospatial community in South Africa as a national, unified and representative body promoting and protecting the interests of its members on all forums. It also aims to unify South Africans with an interest in geospatial science and act as an umbrella body for its members.







Southern Mapping has been a commercial reseller for Spectral Evolution products since 2013. We provide units for laboratory or handheld portable use featuring both InGaAs and Si photodiode arrays integrated into a single spectrometer package.




The Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) was established in August 1975, with the aim of implementing basic and comprehensive research and development of remote sensing technology for investigating global phenomena and earth resources.





Southern Mapping has been a commercial reseller for Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) products since 2013. We provide optical and radar satellite imagery, elevation models and an online imagery hosting service for projects in Africa.





Southern Mapping signed an exclusive agreement with SpecTlR in October 2010. Six years later, as an extension to this agreement, the only hyperspectral system of its caliber was moved to South Africa.




pinkmatter solutions

Southern Mapping and Pinkmatter, which specializes in satellite ground station software and developing information extraction algorithms, formed a partnership in 2016 to leverage the strengths of each in providing automated monitoring and online hosting services for data interrogation.





Southern Mapping is highly committed to helping graduates succeed in their chosen professions. One of our initiatives is to provide the required industry exposure for the Professional Land Surveyor in Training.

We expose our interns to a period of 20 days of planned sessions on the principles of photogrammetry, lidar and industry practices. An optional 20 days of GIS training is also offered to each student.

Tutors are assigned internally, based on knowledge and experience in the fields of photogrammetry,  science and engineering. In-training candidates are exposed to real-word industry issues, including mining, municipalities, vegetation mapping for detection of alien species,  road surveys, detailed mapping, Eskom transmission lines and the production of orthoimagery.

We believe the implementation of these practical programmes assists with the continuous development of students for future appointments in our specific labour market and creates an environment where students are free to explore their chosen paths.