What is it?
Economic and social information for more than 25,000 meso-zones (approximately 50km2 in size) across South Africa.
- GVA per sector for each mesozone
- Demographic data each mesozone
- Settlement typology for towns and cities
- Data published as GeoJSON and GDB
Why is it Important?
The StepSA mesozones and settlement typology estimate economic activity and demographics down to a relatively small geographic area across the whole of South Africa. This means that national departments, municipalities and provinces can develop plans that address specific characteristics of towns and cities within a region.
How can it be accessed and used?
The data (previously provided through CSIR Geospatial Analysis Platform) has been used by various public and private development planning entities, such as in the South Africa Risk and Vulnerability Atlas.
There are four main dataset components:
- Base mesozone information with mesozone boundaries and place names.
- GVA total and sector contribution per mesozone.
- Population, education and employment per mesozone.
- Settlement typology which classifies towns and cities into categories depending on their population, economic activity and government services.
The above data is published as an open GeoJSON format and as proprietary Geodatabase (GDB) file, which can be converted to other open formats using QGIS or online tools. You can then upload the tool into mapping tools like QGIS, Mapbox or Kepler.gl to interact with the data.
SA CSIR MesoZone 2018v1 Dataset
Main Economic Sector maps (2010 data from CSIR GAP)