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Use cases

A diverse group of companies and individuals rely on the Regional Service for their research and project needs. The following section includes some examples to illustrate how the EasyData Regional Service can make a valuable impact.

Example 1: An economic impact assessment

The requirement

A municipal government wants to conduct an economic impact assessment of a newly proposed shopping mall.

The economic impact assessment will use regional data to estimate expected changes in localised economic activity, employment, wage rates and tax revenue brought about by the mall's construction. The outcome of the assessment will then be presented to stakeholders, providing reasons for supporting or opposing construction.

The problem

Municipal data is spread across numerous sources and is often difficult to gather. Collecting historical and up-to-date municipal data is therefore a challenge. In addition, conducting a multiple-municipality analysis or comparing different locations for a proposed development will not yield accurate results due to the absence of data consistency across municipalities. Detailed analyses of smaller regions such as cities and suburbs within main metropolitan areas are also difficult to compile because most regional data is aggregated to municipal level.

The solution

Access to the Regional Service, via our EasyData service, greatly reduces the time spent collecting regional data. The service includes socio-economic and demographic statistics, standardised for consistency, at a national, provincial, district and municipal level. Data for main metropolitan areas is available at township or suburb level. The data is available from a single location and can be downloaded collectively in Excel and CSV formats.