In July 1998, four qualified young professionals – fondly referred to at the time as SAC’s Space Girls – supplemented their South African qualifications with a 10-month remote sensing course at GDTA, the Aerospace Remote Sensing Development Group in France.
SAC had arranged for the graduates to train in France as part of a training partnership agreement with GDTA. The training included an internship at SAC and contributions from the Department of Communications, the French Embassy in South Africa, GDTA and the CSIR made it all possible.
“We were delighted when South Africa’s ‘Space Girls’ obtained their diplomas in France. Credit was due to all four for their hard work, as well as to GDTA and the French Embassy for their support, while the assistance from SAC’s Geo-information Products and Solutions team also contributed to their success.”
– Renier Balt