South African Cities Open Data Almanac (SCODA)

Theme: Governance Date Added: 2018-12-14

What is it?

SCODA is an open data repository and exploration platform to easily access, visualize and download key data related to urban development in South African cities.

Key Points

  • 102 indicators of city performance
  • Explore 12 key city indicators as interactive infographics
  • Demographic model explorer
  • Download data as CSV or as a graphic PNG

Why is it Important?

SCODA is a city-centric data portal that aims to support the planning, management, monitoring, and reporting needs of cities. With the fast-changing and increasingly complex dynamics of contemporary South Africa where the majority of people now live in cities, monitoring how cities are planned and managed is important. Indicators are critical to effective planning and management in urban contexts, organising information sets into simpler, and easier to understand and compare ‘measures’ of what is happening.

How can it be accessed and used?

SCODA is based on a core dataset from the State of Cities Open Data Almanac and largely derived from work related to the regular State of the Cities Reports for South Africa.

On SCODA, the Explorer allows users to download full datasets for the SoCR Almanac as well as other key data sets. Data can be downloaded as a csv file or visualized and downloaded as a PNG graphic file.

You can also generate interactive visualisations of 12 key city indicators and download city performance dashboards as infographics.

The Demographics Model Explorer supports map and graph-based population projections for Johannesburg and eThekwini up to 2030. Users can download the R script and supporting data behind the models.

Indicator: Access to electricity

Location: eThekwini
Format: CSV
Year: 2013Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • City: Name of the city
  • Year: Year in which data recorded
  • Access to electricity - Not using: Number of households not using electricity

Demographics Model

Location: Johannesburg
Format: CSV
Year: Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • Ward Selection: Ward number in the selected city
  • Year: Projection year (e.g. 2025)
  • Migration value: Population movement into or out of the ward
  • energy
  • water
  • municipality
  • performance
  • service delivery
  • monitoring
  • planning
  • population
  • social services

Resource contact name:South African Cities Network (SACN)

Creation or start date:2018-12-14

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14

Spatial coverage  South Africa

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2018 The Spatial Influence of Apartheid on the South African City
2016 Best and worst cities for basic services in SA
2016 State Of The Cities Report