Spatial statistics has started worldwide with the seminal work of Danie Krige, who worked in mining studies at Wits. Its importance to the South African research community is much wider and goes these days into poverty alleviation, meteorology and climate, the environment, ecology and agriculture. To analyse spatially allows the statistician to incorporate the spatial correlation present in many datasets, without which model interpretation may be incorrect. There is a wealth of knowledge on spatial statistics within South Africa, however, the research field of spatial statistics is still relatively young and much expert guidance is required to build the field in terms of research as well as training. Spatial statistics has very important applications in the South African context. There is a need to have trained spatial statisticians across industry and academia.