[OSGeo Africa] Usage of Open Source Software in South Africa

Vince Egan vince.egan at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 12:40:40 PST 2016

Hi Matlala,

I'm also a civil servant in Limpopo. I have been using Open Source 
software in the workplace for the last 8 years or so. Our desktop GIS 
environment has switched largely to QGIS and we are about to embark on a 
PostgreSQL/PostGIS implementation to feed data into an online website 
and make the data available to QGIS users in our department. There is a 
lot of resistance to open source adoption - mainly due to fear of the 
unknown. GIS has been easier because folks are often adopting totally 
new concepts in the first place. Migrating people from software that 
they already now (e.g. MS Office) to the unknown (e.g. LibreOffice) is 
quite an uphill battle...

All the best.


On 29/02/2016 09:27, Matlala Boshomane wrote:
>     Greetings,
> I am a public servant in Limpopo Province and wishes to find out about 
> the usage of Open source both in Government and Private sector. I want 
> to find out if there are any departments using open source, the 
> advantages and disadvantages for that. Is there any report that talks 
> about the usage of such (from Government) or readiness?
> From private companies, who are using open source?
> It is also my wish to see what is possible and what is not with the 
> use of OS.
> Thanking you in advance,
> -- 
> *Matlala Boshomane*
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