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An aerial map of the Ellis Park precinct generated by GIS


Corporate Geo-Informatics (CGIS) has become the core of the City's database, providing data for all its departments. As such, CGIS has various partnerships with relevant concerns within and outside the City of Johannesburg.

It works closely with the City's utilities, sharing information with the Johannesburg Roads Agency, Johannesburg Water, City Power, City Parks and Pikitup. It also acts as data host to the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) and the Economic Development Department. Collated information assists in analysis and planning, and provides visuals of how areas have changed geographically.

What is GIS?

GIS stands for geographic information system. When used by local governments, GIS is a computer technology that combines geographic data - which includes both natural and man-made features of a specific surface area - and other information such as street names, zones, property values and demographics to generate visual maps and reports.

Corporate GIS supplies an interactive mapping service to the public, available on e-services. Click on the online maps (GIS) option listed on the left of the page.

Corporate GIS offers free training on the use of the online maps.

The department has its own quarterly newsletter to keep stakeholders updated on the latest developments - access the newsletters through e-services, under Corporate GIS. The newsletter, called Corporate GIS News, is distributed free of charge, via e-mail. If you would like to subscribe, just visit the e-services site.

An overview

Corporate Geo-Informatics realises the strategic value of geographic information and is committed to managing it as a corporate resource. The unit uses its geographic information systems (GIS) and associated resources to improve the quality of its products, to streamline its processes and to improve services. The unit provides geographic feature maps and detailed information, including density, height zone, parking requirements, building lines, full area report and zoning certificates, on all Johannesburg properties. See the online maps website for more information.


Its main vision is to ensure the timely provision of accurate and relevant geographically referenced spatial and related information for the City of Johannesburg and all its residents. At least 70 percent to 80 percent of the average local government's work involves land or geographically related issues. This explains why geographic information and the associated management systems are an integral part of planning and implementing the City's vision.


There are a number of prongs to its mission, namely:
  • To provide corporate base information pertaining to the administrative, socio-economic, cultural and natural environments;
  • To create a secure data environment;
  • To provide added value products such as maps and reports;
  • To maintain a data warehouse; and
  • To supply an information counter service.


It is committed to six values, namely customer focus, accessible information, quality, efficiency, innovation, and professional, skilled staff. To entrench these values, they are used as the basis for the directorate's annual awards at the end of the year.





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