The number of registered business properties in Soweto (2009). Land suitability assessment is a powerful tool in determining the development viability/opportunity of various locations.
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The estimated number of households in Mont Ngafula commune, Kinshasa (Kinshasa Structure Count, 2014). A structure counting methodology was customised to account for potential multiple households in single structures through the application of standard division units that were based on observations of common dwelling typologies. Non-dwelling and high density structures were identified, providing a supplementary backdrop of activity corridors, nodes and areas of densification.
The number of informal settlements located in Rustenburg Local Municipality (NWISUP, 2010). In 2010 it was determined that there were 140 informal settlements in the North West Province, comprised of approximately 77 626 informal dwelling units. GIS and Earth Observation technologies are crucial in the provision of widespread spatial statistics.
The number of Urban Development Plans (UDPs) compiled for the village clusters of the Bakgatla ba Kgefela Traditional Administration as part of the BBKTA Planning Tools Project (2014). The UDPs provide a spatial development framework for the BBKTA village clusters and serve as an instrument for development planning by providing a platform for inter-departmental, inter-governmental and public-private development partnerships.



Data is hope. Planning is purpose.

Founded in 2008 by Professional Planner and Fulbright Scholar, Ilan Guest, SATPLAN ALPHA serves to bridge the fields of Urban Planning, Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing.

Working across the public and private sector, SATPLAN ALPHA is home to a team of built environment specialists that harness geospatial technologies for survey, planning and development projects


Ilan Guest B.TRP (Pretoria) M.CRP (Atlanta)

Professional Planner | GIS Specialist

Ilan graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning in 2001. Focused on improving the use of spatial data technologies for development planning, Ilan was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to the United States in 2006 where he completed a Master of City Planning at Georgia Tech, Atlanta with majors in GIS and Remote Sensing.

Upon his return in 2008, Ilan founded SATPLAN ALPHA as a niche geospatial services provider to the public and private sectors, and has helped build a diverse project portfolio that includes such clients as the South African National Space Agency, North West Provincial Housing, Gauteng Tourism Authority and Bakgatla ba Kgafela Traditional Administration.

Sifiso Mtimunye B.TRP (Pretoria) (2016)

Planner | Designer

Sifiso graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning in 2016 with major in Sociology, and was a recipient of the Golden Key International Honour Society Award for academic achievement during 2013. Sifiso is also a graduate of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Youth Leadership Programme.

Sifiso has a strong artistic flair extending throughout his work, which is highlighted by his passion for GIS, front-end web development and visual communication media.


Professional Planning And GIS Services In The Fields Of Urban Planning & Spatial Data Technology.

Professional Planning:

  • Spatial Development Frameworks
  • Master Planning
  • Precinct Plans
  • Township Establishment
  • Town Planning (Rezoning, Subdivision, Consolidation, Consent)

Geographic Information Systems:

  • Geodatabase
  • Mapping
  • GIS Training
  • Spatial Auditing & Survey
  • Mobile GIS

Remote Sensing:

  • Aerial Photography
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Lidar
  • Thermal Survey



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