[OSGeo Africa] OT: Geomatics Profession Bill (South Africa) Status.

Peter Newmarch newmarch at land-surveyors.com
Wed May 29 03:44:28 PDT 2013

Like all statutory councils the Bill, when it becomes an Act wont force 
people to register. Registration will only become compulsory if and when 
any work reservation is instituted.

The other aspect to consider is when a client wishes to use a registered 
person, in the same way as a client wants say a registered engineer or 
registered valuer or even a registered accountant etc... - its a matter 
of a clients choice. It does become harder for the state though, as they 
are dealing with public money and normally insist on using registered 
people and employing registered people. The state cannot undermine the 
legislation it created and so its duty bound to employ registered 
persons only.

So in essence, the state is bound to use registered people, while the 
public can use anybody (provided there is no work reservation).

With regards the category GIS practitioner or GIS Technologist or even 
GIS technician - until work reservation is instituted, there will be 
little difference. Some that I can think of would be the Title, and 
issues around running a company.



On 2013/05/29 09:00 AM, Erick Ndava wrote:
> Regards
> Not exactly FOSS4G related but thought I would get answers from here.
> I recall something on the  Geomatics Profession Bill was in brewing 
> the past few months, including an appeal of sticking points identified 
> by members in the field. Can anyone update on this, was it adopted/ 
> approved by parliament, and what are the consequences regarding 
> registration of one as a GISc Practitioner or GISc Technologist?
> Erick
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