South African Geographic Names Council in Disarray

EDIT: I see SAGNS has updated and improved their website since this article (edited: 15 September 2009)

A while back, while working on a rural settlements database, we were asked to consider the SAGNS database as a reference for settlement names. The data that we received was, to put it mildly, very poor. Locations were in the sea, in the northern hemisphere, in South America and for 50% of the database - nowhere at all. added to that, the alphanumeric data was full of mistakes and errors.

it therefore came as no surprise, when we were asked recently to check a name with the same database. I decided to go to their website to request the latest database (in the vain hope that they had done some updating and error-checking) when I was presented with:

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Thanks for the warning Google!

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Seems to be a trend as the the ANC website was recently hacked, offering, amongst other things "free porn"

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