GISSA Gauteng chairperson profile

October 1st, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT


Samuel Osei has been elected as the new GISSA Gauteng chairperson at the society’s meeting on 17 September 2015.


Samuel Osei is currently the Chief GISc Professional at Gauteng Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Services in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, a position he has held since 2014. Since joining the department’s National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) in 1998, he worked on developing relevant standards, legislations, regulations and policies for the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI). Prior to joining the NSIF, Osei worked as a consultant for MHP Geomatics.

During his time in the NSIF, he has overseen the development and implementation of the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure while serving as the acting director (2003 – 2005 and 2008 – 2011). Among his accomplishments are:

  • The promulgation of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act
  • The establishment of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and its sub-committees
  • The development of the national Metadata and Feature Instance Identification standards
  • Provision of GISc training to educators and subject advisors in schools across the country
  • The development of Data Custodianship policy

He has also served on the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 211 Committee; National Statistic Council; Municipal Demarcation Board – Boundary Determination Committee; Standards South Africa – ICT sector Board; Standards South Africa Technical Committee 211 for Geographic Information; CSI Standards and Policy sub-Committees and as an alternate member of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI).

Samuel Osei holds a Master’s degree in Engineering in Surveying and Geodetic Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Contact Samuel Osei, Tel 012 312-9582,

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