The South African Address Story

Verified, validated and complete addresses

Creating a dataset for governance and navigation that is reflective of the physical world, extensively documented and maintained. 

ISO/TC211 standards used

ISO 19160-1, Geographic information – Part 1: Conceptual model

SANS 1883-1, Geographic information – Addressing – Part 1: Data format of addresses

How the standards are used in our processes/ projects

The standard is crucial in identifying the components required to create a usable dataset that can benefit all industries from service delivery to taxation and disaster relief. 

The many kinds of addresses used in South Africa are described in SANS 1883-1. Each of them comprises a different set of components. For example, a Street Address consists of a street name, number and place name, a Site Address consists of a number and place name only

The standard enables the user to enter their address as it’s commonly known.  The database however establishes the address type and its unique components to allow interaction with the address.

Benefits for the user

Addresses are complete because one can make sure mandatory address components for the specific kind of address are provided. 

Addresses are verified according to their address type. A street address is validated against an authoritative reference dataset, while an informal address is only checked to include the name of a locality.

Due to rapid urbanization and other challenges, many people live in areas where street or site addresses have not yet been assigned. Being able to specify their informal address gives them status and (legal) identity in society.


South Africa



Contact person

Marna Roos, September 2020

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