Visitors learn about SA’s spatial planning and data infrastructure

August 28th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

Six delegates from Uganda’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development visited South Africa to learn about South Africa’s spatial planning and data infrastructure. The visit also offered insights into the Ugandan land use and planning system for their South African counterparts in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), who hosted the deputation.

The Uganda’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development delegates and their South African counterparts in the Department for Rural Development and Land Reform.

Representatives from Uganda’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and their South African counterparts from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

DRDLR’s deputy director general, Dr. Nozizwe Makgalemele, opened the discussion session which took place on 26 August 2014. She referred visitors to the documentation of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, no 54 of 2003, and the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, no 16 of 2013, which form the legal basis of the department’s practices.

Savino Katsigaire, head of the Ugandan deputation, said that Uganda is still in the early stages of setting up its web-based GIS repository for planning and development, stating that his department would like to use South Africa’s GIS and land use practices as a benchmark for their own processes. Katsigaire further called for collaboration between the two countries.

Dr. Jane Olwoch, from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), gave a presentation on the value of satellite earth observation data. She highlighted applications of the organisation’s various data sets, including its uses in poverty reduction and disaster management. The Fire Scar Mapping application drew particular interest from the guests.

DRDLR’s Sunday Ogunronbi spoke about the Spatial Planning and Land Use Act (SPLUMA), which unifies several development principles, policies and legislation from all three spheres of SA government (national, provincial and local/municipal). The session concluded with a presentation by Oteng Dlamini on the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI), specifically its role in eliminating data duplication. Dlamini also emphasised the value of complete metadata. The question session, considered the value of an integrated development plan such as South Africa’s, as opposed to separate development policies such as currently in use in Uganda.

The Ugandan deputation also visited the Surveyor General  Office, the Registrar for Deeds, the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, and SANSA.

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