One of the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (CD: NGI)’s main objective is to produce maps and other geospatial information nationally. To improve the said products and to keep up with trends and universality, CD: NGI has embarked on the Map Design project aimed at enhancing and improving the mapping products, where symbologies have been re-designed or new symbols designed using good map principles and user communication value.

The natural language used in the maps will be reviewed in the context of the official languages of South Africa, the language policy of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (DALRRD) (including language for administration in the public service), and usability. The constitutional mandate requires all official languages to be used in the country. The four proposed languages to be used on the 1: 10 000 and 1:50 000 maps are extracted from the National Anthem where one Nguni language, Northern Sesotho, English and Afrikaans are proposed to be used on the said maps.

The yellow colour is proposed for built-up areas. This will make it easier for the user to compare and standardise the built-up areas, since almost all our mapping products i.e., 1: 2 000 000, 1: 250 000, 1: 500 000 and Land Cover have built-up areas in yellow colour.

To view samples, they must be downloaded first and they can be easily viewed, zoom in and out and pan around the map.

See the link below for samples of the 1:10 000 and 1:50 000 maps:

Map samples

As part of your involvement in this user engagement, kindly follow the link provided below and answer the set of questions as a way of soliciting your views in this consultative exercise to enable the office make an informed decision on the proposed national map series changes:


The presentation below was delivered at the KZN Regional meeting on 8 June 2021.

Map Design Project_CDNGI

Enquiries may be directed to:

Thabisile Rambau 
Dr Francis Twumasi

We will appreciate to get responses before end of June 2021.

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