Clr Funzi Ngobeni - MMC for Development and Planning in the City of Johannesburg
South Africa

Aerial view of property ownership in the City Via GIS

City of Joburg has reduced the number of house owners who were not in the system in 2011 from 28 000 in 2011 to just 1 012 currently. Owners of some 41 000 Sectional Title Units who were unknown have now been traced.

The number of full stands registered in the City currently stands at 649 679, while Sectional Title Units number 227 061.

These figures were revealed by Sharon Seckle, Manager Property Information Systems, at the recently held Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day.

Through its Land Information System (LIS), the City has made huge progress in reconciling its database with records kept at the Deeds Office, said Seckle.

GIS day provides an opportunity for employees and the public to interact with GIS personnel on everything from property zoning and spatial planning to the importance of street addresses and the role of maps and how all this fits into the billing process, property evaluation and transfers.

GIS Day, which has been observed internationally since 1999, is a global forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that make a difference in society.

It is held on the third Wednesday of November each year, during Geography Awareness Week.

The City of Johannesburg held its first GIS Day event on 17 November 2004, to share, demonstrate, raise awareness and educate the community about Geography and geospatial technology, as well as market the various GIS services and products offered by the CGIS directorate and showcase how maps and GIS are used within Local Government.

Seckle says the International GIS Day provides a global platform for users of Geographic Information Systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

“The department also offers imagery such as aerial photography, satellite images and 3D building models. It combines geographic and other types of data to determine property values and classification. It also produces maps and reports for all areas and works closely with the Deeds Office and the City’s Revenue Department.

“It also specialises in capturing and maintaining databases containing stand and township information, proposed townships information, aerial photography, street addresses, zoning information, administrative boundaries and topographical information,” said Seckle.

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