Geomatics is key to planning, infrastructure development and service delivery. Geospatial data, services and tools are essential for achieving the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). It is disconcerting that the entire NDP has become part of a political game. National development planning is needed as a matter of urgency. To get our national development planning on track, South Africa urgently needs to get its spatial data infrastructure (SDI) up and running. SDIs justify their development costs by generating greater economic benefit for the countries that build them and the developed world has taken note of this. Countries in the developed world are making increasing use of SDIs while we here in South Africa seem to be getting nowhere despite the numerous SDI workshops and meetings that have been held over the last decade or so… (more)

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