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The following provides a list of projects within the CSIR Built Environment that has utilised the Geospatial Analysis Platform since its launch in 2007. This does not include application by users in the government or private sector. This section also contains several reports or papers that have been published where the content relates to the Geospatial Analysis platform or the use of the GAP mesozones – see publications listed below.



Brief Project Description

Time Period

Department of Science and Technology

SA Risk & Vulnerability Atlas – Socio-economic and Human Settlement Theme Pages


Nov 2011 – March 2012

Mpumalanga province

Infrastructure development plan


Dec 2011 – August 2012

Updated GAP 2011 version available

The National Planning Commission

Economic analyses and Spatial Overview for the National Spatial Narrative


February 2011 – June 2011

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Spatial Analysis and Mapping for the Development Report



GAP 3 Application for LEDET (Limpopo)

Adding more spatial content to the GAP2 application that would assist LEDET regarding local planning implications when having interactions with local municipalities and other stakeholders such as tribal authorities.



GAP 4 Application for LEDET (Limpopo)

Incorporating the State of the Environment (SOE) information into GAP 3 application which only contained economic and demographic information.


2009 - 2010


Small Towns Economic Intelligence assessment



The Presidency

Territorial review of 52 district municipalities and information system

Illustrative overview of regions in South Africa


August 2009 – May 2010

The Presidency

Review of the Sekhukhune District Municipality 2025 Long-Term Development Strategy


March 2009 – July 2009

The Presidency, Gauteng Department of Economic Affairs and Sedibeng District Municipality

Territorial review for the Sedibeng District Municipality

April 2009 – March 2010

NRE unit (CSIR) and Cacadu District Municipality

Spatial Analysis of socio –ecological system in the Baviaanskloof and surrounding region..


2009 - 2011

Department of Science and Technology

Integrated Planning and Development Modelling Project - StepSA Portal Development



Department of Science and Technology

SA Risk & Vulnerability Atlas – Socio-economic and Human Settlement Theme Pages



Mpumalanga Department  of Public Works Roads and Transport

Mpumalanga Freight Databank

Aug – Dec 2010

SACN, The Presidency, dplg

National Spatial Trends Overview and Settlement Typology




Provide a spatial interpretation of current policy as it relates to human settlement and housing locality. An update of the 2005 Housing Atlas.


2008 - 2009


Literature review conducted to establish impact of the Maputo development corridor on socio-economic and other development within the corridor


August 2008

The Presidency

Update and revision of the NSDP 2006


March 2005 – July 2006

The Presidency

Provincial Growth and Development Strategies Assessments



Gauteng Department of Local Government

An overview of long-term municipal planning and strategising in the Gauteng Province


October 2005 – January 2006

Department of Trade and Industry

Inputs for the draft RIDS and development of GAP (2006) in support of regional industrial development analyses



The Presidency

National Spatial Development Planning Application Pilot Project: Aligning the strategic planning instruments of the three spheres of government


May 2006 – July 2007

Development and launch of GAP version 2




The following publications can be downloaded – it is provided in PDF format.

Title:                 Advances in Spatial Analysis to Support a more Nuanced Reading of the South African Space Economy


Elsona van Huyssteen & Sharon Biermann & Andries Naudé & Alize le Roux



Urban Forum (2009) 20:195–214


This paper illustrates how advances in spatial analysis contribute not only

to an enhanced understanding of the complex dynamics of social and economic

spatial patterns, but also to exploring the implications thereof for development



Title:                Geospatial analysis platform and tools: Supporting planning and decisionmaking across scales, borders, sectors and disciplines.


Andries Naude, Elsona van Huyssteen & Helga Goss



Planning Africa Conference 14-16 April 2008.


This paper builds the argument for the importance and challenge of connecting across scales and borders between sectors, provides a brief overview of GAP in terms of its geo-spatial analysis platform, the way in which it facilitates and provides disaggregation of data, as well as  the accompanying sets of tools and methodologies. It also illustrates some of the innovative applications and value therefore in enabling inter –regional and across scales analysis, pattern recognition and synthesis of regional dynamics and connections in the South African context and it suggests some possibilities for utilisation in the broader Southern African context.


Title:               Developing a geo-data frame using dasymetric mapping principles to facilitate data integration


Gerbrand Mans


2010, CSIR


This paper discusses the development of a disaggregation procedure for socio-economic data based on the principles of dasymetric mapping and areal interpolation in order to develop a flexible geo-data frame which allows the data to be assigned to different demarcations seamlessly. The geo-data frame is based on the spot building count points-dataset from ESKOM. The reason for selecting this point dataset is that it represents all formal and informal built up areas in South Africa. It is therefore a good stand-in indicator of human or socio-economic activity.




Title:PRESENTATION:  SAPI-CSIR Seminar - Planning Support Systems: Tools for spatial analysis.
Presenter: Maria Joe Coetzee, Johan Maritz
Piblished: CSIR , 2012

CSIR researchers introduced three planning support platforms including the Geospatial Analysis Platform (GAP), Regional Spatial Profiler and UrbanSim. Planners can use these platforms in developing spatial planning documentation and in making spatial decisions. The seminar was presented by the CSIR and hosted by SAPI Gauteng on Thursday 15 March 2012 at 16:00 at the Knowledge Commons Building, CSIR, Brummeria, Pretoria