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Gauteng City-Region Observatory

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) was established in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), with local government in Gauteng also represented on the GCRO Board. GCRO receives a core grant from the GPG, and the two universities provide significant in-kind support. While the GCRO is based at the two universities, it is also charged with extending links to all the higher education institutions, as well as knowledge councils, private sector think-tanks, research NGOs and information-exchange and learning-networks operating in the city-region.

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Accurate address data is vital for public services, including health monitoring. TippaPatt/Shutterstock

South Africa needs a national database of addresses: how it could be done

Address data are maintained in silos at different government entities. There is limited coordination and adherence to international standards; good practice is lacking around information management.

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