INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The Department of Surveys and Mapping (DSM) was established in 1962 as the Surveyor’s General’s Office in Mafeking (South Africa), the then capital of British Bechuanaland. The Department moved to Botswana in 1969 and was renamed the Department of Surveys and Lands. During the latter part of the 1980s and early 1990’s, the Government of Botswana undertook a national project on Organisation and Methods restructuring of some Departments and Ministries. The then Department of Surveys and Lands was restructured resulting in the formation of three fully fledged Departments of Lands, Housing and Surveys and Mapping.
The Department of Surveys and Mapping is the main national mapping organization of the country. The major function of the Department is the collection, management and dissemination of geo-spatial data using technologies such as: surveying, mapping, remote sensing and geographic information system. Besides, being a specialized organization, it provides professional services and advice to Government, parastatals and the private sector on all matters related to above technologies and efficient use of geo-spatial data.
The Department of Surveys and Mapping was in turn organized into three technical divisions namely; Surveys, Mapping and Geo-Informatics. The two divisions of Surveys and Mapping were designed to be production centres within the Department whilst the Geoinformatics Division was to provide support to all computerized Geoinformation technologies, the quality testing and approval of surveys and mapping products, information dissemination and sales.
The Surveys Division is responsible for providing National Surveys Control framework, execution of cadastral survey countrywide, administration of Land Survey Act and Resolutions as well as activities related to the delimitation and demarcation of National and International boundaries. These operations are carried out with the most up to date modern electronic survey equipment and Global Positioning System (GPS).
The Mapping Division is responsible for National Mapping Programme using modern technology. Production is carried out in-house and through contract services. It provides topographic maps at small, medium and large scales in analogue as well as digital format and special services such as thematic maps (tourist maps, city/town plans, election maps etc.), aerial photographs and remote sensing data. The Division has acquired a number of advanced Photogrammetric and Cartographic systems to augment the production flow in mapping. It is also responsible for the Geographic Place Names Act.
The Geoinformatics division is responsible for the development, management and maintenance of computer systems and Integrated Geographic Information System (IGIS). It is also responsible for IT related training, the statutory examination and approval of all cadastral surveys for registration of title carried out by Government, Land Board and Private Land Surveyors, the storage and management of survey and mapping records and dissemination of geo-information.
The Department has regional offices in Francistown, Maun and Selebi-Phikwe, which are responsible for the execution of cadastral surveys, provision of control and are reinforced by Headquarters staff for any large scale work and dissemination of geo-information.
The Department of Surveys and Mapping is the main national mapping organisation of the country. The major function of the department is the collection, management and dissemination of geo-spatial data using technologies such as: surveying, mapping, remote sensing and geographic information system. Besides, being a specialized organisation, it provides professional services and advice to Government, parastatals and the private sector on all matters related to above technologies and efficient use of geo-spatial data.
“We, the department of Surveys and Mapping will effectively and efficiently provide prompt and quality services and products in Geographic and Land information.”
“We commit ourselves to provide superior quality services on land survey, cadastre, mapping, land and geographical information to our customers and stakeholders, with a view to ensuring that land management and development are soundly based to achieve national objectives.” “We dedicate ourselves to achieve this through strategic modernisation of production system and a well trained, committed, motivated, caring and disciplined work force”
1. Employee motivation
7. Team work