The Geomatics Profession Act which aims to promote a high standard of professional conduct for geomatics practitioners was signed this week by President Jacob Zuma.
The act provides for the transformation of the geomatics profession and the establishment of the South African Geomatics Council as a juristic person and its facilitation of accessibility to the geomatics profession.
The geomatics practitioner collects and assesses geographic information and applies that information in the efficient administration of land, sea and structures.
The act also provides for:
• Different categories of registered persons and branches in the geomatics profession.
• The identification of areas of work to be performed by the different categories of registered persons.
• The recognition of certain voluntary associations by the council.
• The measures designed to protect the public from unethical geomatics practices.
• Measures in order to maintain a high standard of professional conduct and integrity in the profession.
• The establishment of disciplinary mechanisms and an appeal board.
The Geomatics Profession Act repeals the Professional and Technical Surveyors’ Act (1984).
The explanatory summary of the bill was published by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Gazette 35801 on 22 October 2012 and the bill was tabled in parliament on 7 March 2013.
The bill was passed in the National Assembly on 20 June 2013, was assented to by the President on 9 December 2013 and published in Gazette 37142 on 11 December 2013.