South Africa is developing a national legislative framework aimed at providing a framework of standards, policies, data, procedures, and technology to support the effective coordination and sharing of spatial information among a community of stakeholders, known as the Spatial Data Infrastructure. The Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, 2003 (SDI Act No. 54 of 2003)was assented on 10 February 2004. The president of the Republic of South Africa recently signed the remaining sections of the SDI Act, 2003 putting the piece of legislation into full operation.
In terms of section 20 (1) of the SDI Act, 2003, there is a need to develop regulations to facilitate the implementation of the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI). Furthermore, in terms of section 20 (2) the minister must, before making, amending or repealing any regulation under subsection (1), publish the proposed regulation, amendment or repeal once in the Government Gazette and call for written comments by any interested party to be provided within 30 days after such publication.
The Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF), which is responsible for administering the implementation of the SASDI, will be holding the national consultative workshops during October and November 2015. The aim of the workshops is to solicit inputs from stakeholders regarding the development of the SDI Act, 2003 regulations and the adoption of the South African National Standards needed to effectively support the implementation of SASDI. Attendance at these workshops has been accredited with 1 CPD point by PLATO. The NSIF will visit all nine provinces as outlined below:
|30 October 2015
|4 November 2015
|12 November 2015
|13 November 2015
|16 November 2015
|17 November 2015
|20 November 2015
|23 November 2015
|24 November 2015
Members of the geospatial information community are requested to to book space indicating their province of preference. Details regarding the relevant venues will be sent out to the attendees in due course. Please RSVP to Serati Manele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Owen Maswanganye, Department Rural Development and Land Reform, Tel 012 326-8050, email@example.com