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Exploring deprivation and spatial inequalities in South Africa: an introduction using QGIS

15 August 2019
08:30 - 12:30

Date: 15 August 2019
Time:  8h30 – 12h30
Venue: HSRC Breakaway 1, 1st floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria

Speakers: Prof Chris Lloyd, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Dr David McLennan, Southern African Social Policy Research Insights, UK; Mr Jabulani Jele, Southern African Social Policy Research Institute, RSA

This workshop will introduce a new data resource for exploring deprivation change and spatial inequalities across South Africa. It will also introduce QGIS, an open source geographical information systems (GIS) package that can be used to analyse spatial data from sources such as the Census.

Practical exercises will be used to demonstrate the value of newly-produced Census-based deprivation measures for 250m by 250m grid cells, and also for small area layers (SAL), for 2001 and 2011. Measures of spatial inequality derived from the deprivation measures will also be used to highlight areas with marked disparities in levels of deprivation. No prior knowledge of GIS or of Census data will be assumed and the workshop will be of use to all those concerned with the changing dynamics of deprivation and inequality in South Africa. Attendees should bring their laptop (PC or Mac).

Please note seating is limited, so please register early

Kindly RSVP by 14 August 2019

Pretoria: HSRC Breakaway 1, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E:

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