City of Cape Town Open Data Portal

Theme: Governance Date Added: 2018-12-18

What is it?

The City of Cape Town Open Data Portal publishes data related to City resources, services, geography and governance.

Key Points

  • Over 120 datasets
  • Popular datasets are water consumption and tender awards
  • Recent datasets for business licenses, city buildings, health districts
  • Direct download, no login needed

Why is it Important?

Many South Africans see their local government or municipality as the primary government interface for shaping how they work and live. The City of Cape Town Open Data Portal gives citizens an access point to data that affects their everyday lives.

How can it be accessed and used?

The portal content is accessed via the home page, and there are two basic filters for content: by file format and by subject area. From there, available datasets can be downloaded directly from the filtered results. Remember that for spatial data files you can use the open source QGIS or online tools like and Mapshaper to convert and view these datasets.

Note that there is a beta-version of the portal in development, oriented to spatial data viewing.

A number of important data-based applications have also been highlighted on the portal such as the Economic Areas Management Programme (ECAMP) Business Location Intelligence site.

Active business licenses in the City of Cape Town

Location: Cape Town
Format: XLSX
Year: 2018Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • Business Name: Name of the licensed business
  • Licence Type: Business activity licensed to conduct e.g. Hawker, Food, Entertainment
  • Business Location: Address of business

Tenders Awarded in November 2018

Location: Cape Town
Format: XLSX
Year: 2018Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • Description: Title of tender
  • Vendor: Company awarded the tender
  • Value of Decision: Value of the awarded tender
  • land
  • rural
  • urban
  • location
  • transport
  • roads
  • rail
  • finance
  • spending
  • energy
  • income
  • business
  • tourism
  • air
  • water
  • municipality
  • service delivery
  • licensing
  • law
  • property
  • health
  • social services
  • sanitation
  • housing
  • crime

Resource contact name:City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality

Creation or start date:2018-12-18

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-19

Spatial coverage  Cape Town

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2018 Matrics outshine graduates in Explore Data Science programme
2018 #CapeWaterGate: The figures prove that Capetonians are saving water
2018 Does the construction of a desalination plant necessarily imply that water tariffs will increase? A system dynamics analysis