About Us

The SAOSS (South Africa Open Source Software) forum is an organised regrouping of people across various SA government departments, state entities, private sector (including South African open source vendors) and private advocates to collate all open-source projects and services across SA Government.

We feel open source has an important role in interoperability, cost savings, data sovereignty, local economic development and empowerment for government and citizen of South Africa. This is a platform for sharing of all those resources, skills, and knowledge.

Have a look at our Latest News, our Document Repository (of key policies, statements, etc from SA Government), and our Discussions Forums where we are busy collating what OSS is in use by SA Government.

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South African POPIA Notice

According to the South African POPIA Act which came into effect today, 1 July 2021, we are obliged to ask 2 questions to each person who registers as a user on this site [NOTE: New Registrations are not being accepted right now]:

  1. Do you want to be registered as a user?
  2. Do you undertake not to use the personal information of our members elsewhere, and not to contact members directly when unsolicited?

If you can answer YES, you welcome to register or stay registered on the site. If you answer NO, please go to your account and self-delete it (you can still view all content, but not comment).

The topic of this site is about open source software or hardware only, and posts or comments off this topic will be removed and can result in the poster being banned.