SA's Innitiatives: Transparency


General information on the South African Government

Statistics South Africa

eProcurement VotaQuotes: IEC Procurement

The Electoral Commission’s eProcurement VotaQuotes system delivers a user-friendly eCommerce technology to suppliers which simplifies and streamlines the IEC’s purchasing and quotation process. Once registered, suppliers can interface with the IEC with little effort and minimal cost via the internet and WAP. Quotations, tenders and unsolicited proposals can be quickly and reliably uploaded with immediate scoring feedback. The eProcurement system includes features such as: Supplier Registration, Reverse Auctions, eTenders and Unsolicited Proposals.

EMIS: Education statistics

EMIS is a function and unit in the Department of Basic Education with the responsibility to develop and maintain an integrated education information system for management of education.

Election information

Government Communication

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) provides professional services, sets and influences adherence to standards for an effective government communication system, drives coherent government messaging, proactively communicates with the public about government policies, plans programmes and achievements.



The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (or PAIA; Act No. 2 of 2000) is a freedom of information law in South Africa. It allows access to any information held by the State, and any information held by private bodies that is required for the exercise and protection of any rights. The Act is enforced by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Environmental Affairs: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Department of Environmental Affairs has developed and launched the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) website. This website provides access to baseline geospatial data and services to the users of geospatial technology. The Department of Environmental Affairs works with the Committee on Spatial Information and the broader GIS community to define the data architecture, systems, standards, policies and processes for a fully integrated and effective spatial data infrastructure for the country.

Municipal Demarcation Board Boundary Data

The Municipal Demarcation Board is an independent authority responsible for the determination of municipal boundaries. The Board's status as an independent authority is also protected by section 3 of The Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, and various judgments by the Constitutional Court. In addition to the determinations and re-determinations of municipal boundaries, the Board is also mandated by legislation to declare the district management areas; to delimit wards for local elections; and to assess the capacity of municipalities to perform their functions.


African Information Highway (open data)

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is committed to supporting statistical development in Africa as a sound basis for designing and managing effective development policies for reducing poverty on the continent. Reliable and timely data is critical to setting goals and targets as well as evaluating project impact. Reliable data constitutes the single most convincing way of getting the people involved in what their leaders and institutions are doing. It also helps them to get involved in the development process, thus giving them a sense of ownership of the entire development process.

African Information Highway (AfDB-curated data)

The AFDB Statistical Data Portal has been developed in response to the increasing demand for statistical data and indicators relating to African Countries. The Portal provides multiple customized tools to gather indicators, analyze them, and export them into multiple formats.

Open By-laws South Africa

Open By-laws South Africa is a project to help South Africans be more informed about the legislation that governs them.

GCRO (Gauteng)

The GCRO GIS website was developed as an interactive tool to assist both local and provincial governments, to better understand the Gauteng City-Region and make informed decisions about development in the GCR. The application, launched in September 2010, allows the user to visualize GCR base data and themed layers, by offering different perspectives of the GCR, such as population distribution, economic datasets and the latest 2009 Quality of life survey results as maps and graphs.

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