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South Africa

Open Data (ZA0024)



Action Plan: South Africa Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

Support Institution(s):

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? The opening of government data in South Africa has shown promise in reconnecting citizens with governance processes and stimulating innovation around social challenges.9 However, the use of government data continues to be limited, with low awareness of what data is (or could be) available and how this data may enhance interaction with public entities.

What is the commitment? Commitment partners will expand training and development of capabilities of citizens and local data intermediaries to use government data for civic engagement and social innovation, especially in peripheral urban areas and rural municipalities. At the same time, engagement will deepened with data champions in targeted municipalities and provincial and national government line departments to enhance data management practices and facilitate responsible sharing and collaborative use of administrative data.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? The commitment will increase the awareness and capacity of citizens, local data intermediaries and government data champions to access, share and use public data individually and collaboratively, in ways that are relevant to their local context and decision-making.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP This commitment will enhance civic participation by creating new opportunities and capabilities for the sharing and reuse of data by citizens and data intermediaries. 9 See South Africa End of Term Report (EOTR) 2016-2018 sections on national open data portal and other commitments (e.g. fiscal transparency) Reviving the OGP Process in South Africa - OGP 4th National Action Plan 2020-2022 9 values?

Additional information Open data intersects with a number of other OGP commitments, especially those related to fiscal transparency. This commitment seeks to complement what other commitments are pursuing by addressing data capacity building and practices broadly.

Milestone activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date End Date Operationalisation of the Open Data South Africa Steering Committee. February 2021 March 2021 Training, development and support to citizens and local data intermediaries/ champions on using open government data for civic engagement and social innovation. Sep 2020 March 2022


  1. Open Data

    ZA0024, 2020, Access to Information

  2. Transformative Fiscal Transparency

    ZA0025, 2020, Fiscal Openness

  3. Beneficial Ownership Transparency

    ZA0026, 2020,

  4. Citizen-Based Monitoring

    ZA0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  5. Open Budgeting

    ZA0017, 2016, Access to Information

  6. Back to Basics Programme

    ZA0018, 2016, Access to Information

  7. Environmental Management Information Portal

    ZA0019, 2016, Access to Information

  8. Institutionalisation of Community Advice Offices as Part of the Wider Justice Network

    ZA0020, 2016, Access to Justice

  9. Department of Public Service and Administration

    ZA0021, 2016, Access to Information

  10. OGP Awareness Raising Campaign

    ZA0022, 2016, E-Government

  11. Implement the G20 High Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency 2. Implement a Register of Legal Persons and Arrangements

    ZA0023, 2016, Access to Information

  12. Develop and Implement an Accountability/Consequences Management Framework for Public Servants

    ZA0009, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  13. Service Delivery Improvement Forums (SDIFs)

    ZA0010, 2013, E-Government

  14. Mainstream Citizen Participation in the Public Sector

    ZA0011, 2013, Capacity Building

  15. Develop an Integrated and Publicly Accessible Portal of Environmental Management Information

    ZA0012, 2013, Environment and Climate

  16. Development of an On-Line Crowdsourcing Tool That Will Allow the Public to Submit Data on Protected Areas and Conservation Areas.

    ZA0013, 2013, Environment and Climate

  17. Schools Connectivity

    ZA0014, 2013, Education

  18. Implement a Know Your Service Rights and Responsibilities Campaign

    ZA0015, 2013, Capacity Building

  19. Accountability/ Consequences Management Framework

    ZA0001, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  20. Service Delivery Improvement Forums

    ZA0002, 2012, Public Participation

  21. Know Your Service Rights and Responsibilities

    ZA0003, 2012, Capacity Building

  22. National Anti-Corruption Forum and Anti-Corruption Hotline

    ZA0004, 2012, Capacity Building

  23. Guidelines for Corruption-Related Sanctions

    ZA0005, 2012, Capacity Building

  24. Develop a Citizen Participation Guideline

    ZA0006, 2012, Capacity Building

  25. Enhance Involvement of Civil Society in the Budget Process

    ZA0007, 2012, E-Government

  26. Environmental Management Portal Feasibility Study

    ZA0008, 2012, E-Government

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