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South Africa

What data is expected?

A database of postcodes/zipcodes and the corresponding spatial locations in terms of a latitude and a longitude (or similar coordinates in an openly published national coordinate system). If a postcode/zipcode system does not exist in the country, please submit a dataset of administrative borders. Data submitted in this category must satisfy the following minimum conditions

  • Zipcodes
  • Address
  • Coordinate (latitude longitude)
  • national level
  • updated once a year

  • Administrative boundaries

  • Boarders poligone
  • name of poligone (city, neighborhood)
  • national level
  • updated once a year

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? No
  •   Is the data machine readable? No (XLS)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? No
  •   Publicly available? No
  •   Is data in digital form? No
  •   Is the data available online? No (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? No


Here is an extract from the website terms of use (there is no specific licence attached to the post codes database):

  • Unless otherwise indicated, users are welcome to copy, download or print any of the visible text or images on this website for personal and non-commercial use.
  • Users wishing to utilise content for their own commercial purposes may only do so with prior written permision of the website owner. Requests for commercial use may be submitted by e-mail to

Reviewer comments

"In South Africa, multiple address datasets are developed and maintained by various public and private organizations with little or no cooperation on data sharing." (research paper by Malete Daniel Sebake - Council for Geoscience, Pretoria, South Africa and Serena Coetzee - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, published in International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2013, Vol.8, 1-20). According to official news, the ZA Postal Office is heading towards bankruptcy 1, 2, 3. A private company (AfriGIS) has compiled a dataset of postcode boundaries, based on suburb names and boundaries which are linked to poscodes, 4. The data is privately owned. 1 2 3 4



  • Codrina Maria Ilie


  • Greg Kempe