Established track record

GeoSpace has more than 20 years’ experience in field survey implementation and operations at a regional and national level. We have an in-house survey management team that manage large numbers of fieldworkers across a broad spectrum of surveys and locations. Our core pool of more than 150 experienced fieldworkers allows us to minimise lead-up times resulting in swift field survey implementation.

Innovative survey solutions

We have developed innovative fieldwork methods involving geospatial technology such as GIS, GPS and our in-house Aerial Photography combined with mobile data collection technology to conduct socio-demographic surveys in various African countries.

We have created digital and mobile data collection instruments for the following entities:

  • The Lesotho Communications Authority Household Survey
  • Namibia Population Census Dwelling Frame Survey
  • The Department of Social Development National Social Grant Impact and Monitoring Survey
  • The Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training Schools Survey
  • The Bushbuckridge Local Municipality Demographic Survey
  • The Lesotho Electricity Company Customer Meter Mapping Project
  • The Gauteng City Regional Observatory Quality of Life Survey

Ability to implement comprehensive panel surveys Case study: NIDS

Our track record confirms our ability to implement complex panel (longitudinal) surveys over extended periods of time. A prime example of this is the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). NIDS is an initiative of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and is implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

NIDS is a national panel study that collects data from the same individuals once every two years (each cycle of data collection is referred to as a “wave”). The study began in 2008 with a nationally representative sample of over 28,000 individuals in 7,300 households across the country. Since then, the same individuals have been tracked, visited and interviewed once every two years. Furthermore, anyone that they are co-resident with at the time of data collection is also interviewed. The NIDS survey therefore collects a huge amount of data on a wide range of economic, social and health indicators both at an individual and household level. By the end of Wave 5, the NIDS sample consisted of over 12,000 households and over 45,000 individuals. To learn more about NIDS, visit

By design, panel surveys pose significant fieldwork challenges. The NIDS sample size and coverage as well as the questionnaire content and complexity makes this survey an even greater challenge! The survey is managed and conducted on a digital platform, usually referred to as CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing. GeoSpace’s proud involvement in the NIDS data collection started with Wave 2 Phase 2 in 2011 and has continued, on a biennial basis, ever since. The data collection for the most recent wave, Wave 5, took place in 2017.

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Some past and current clients with survey scope

  • The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation – National
  • The University of Cape Town – National
  • Statistics South Africa – National
  • The Human Sciences Research Council – National
  • South African Social Security Agency; Department of Social Development – National
  • The Namibian National Planning Commission – National
  • The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform – Regional
  • The South African Post Office – Regional
  • The Gauteng City Regional Observatory – Regional
  • Bushbuckridge Local Council – Regional
  • The Lesotho Electricity Company – Regional

We are experienced in facing the challenges that field data capturing holds, irrespective of the data collection method, instrument, sample size, ultimate sampling unit or area covered.

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