Ehlanzeni District Municipality celebrates GIS Day

February 7th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

Ehlanzeni District Municipality (EDM) celebrated GIS Day on 20 November 2013 at their Disaster Management centre. The theme for the event was “Planning for our communities through GIS”.

indn-ehlanzeni-256-02EDM’s Executive Mayor Letta Shongwe graced the event with her presence. She showed her unwavering support through her warm opening and welcoming remarks. Members of the Mayoral Committee came in their numbers to support and learn about GIS at the event. Cllr. Thoko Mdhuli who chairs the Municipal Health portfolio committee directed the programme for the day.

The main aim of the event was to demonstrate to councillors, municipal strategic planners, teachers, and other stakeholders how GIS is used as a planning tool for strategic decision making. Various companies within the GIS industry were invited to offer their support by exhibiting at the GIS Day event. A raffle was also held with prizes being handed out to the attendees at the event.

Organisations from across South Africa supported the event sending representatives to share their geospatial knowledge with participants. EDM’s Nwabisa Pulumo kickstarted the programme by presenting on Corporate GIS Shared Services and explaining how GIS is used as a strategic planning tool by municipalities in asset management, town planning, social services, engineering and municipal billing. She further demonstrated some of the projects EDM is implementing within its local municipalities using GIS tools e.g. data cleansing of the properties database in order to ensure correct billing.

The presentation by Aurecon focused on how GIS tools are used in disaster management, while the Eskom representative explained how GIS is used in infrastructure planning within Eskom. Esri South Africa demonstrated a cadastre capture tool and also hosted a separate plenary session for educators. PWC presented on how GIS is used in asset management and Wits University provided participants with information on the use of multiple sources of data to facilitate locally based effective health and development.

Contact Pauline Bapela, Ehlanzeni District Municipality,  Tel 013 759-8670, pbapela@ledc.co.za

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