From the air there is a certain beauty and symmetry in the juxtaposition of Tierboskloof, a luxury gated estate and Imizamo Yethu Bay, the township on the side of a mountain. Both areas are situated right beside one another in … Continue reading A shared (but different) view

Political parties generally fielded fewer female ward candidates in the 2016 local government elections, suggesting that voters might be inclined to vote for men, on the ward lists where individual candidates are directly elected. But South African voters appear to … Continue reading Sexism in South African politics

Some candidates are gaming the system hard, running in multiple wards to increase their chance of election, in one case over 100 wards. It’s legal, but is it ethical? We’re talking politics here, so ethics has nothing to do with it.

It’s never been easier to find the information you need to report on the upcoming August 3 local government elections in South Africa – if you know where to look.

Letitia Diergaardt is a receptionist for a battery-supplier in Windhoek, Namibia. One can almost picture her office: modest, a computer on her desk and hard copy accounting sheets, financial documents and debtors’ books neatly filed in cabinets. Diergaardt is also … Continue reading The Panama Papers in Africa: how tax avoidance is robbing Africa of billions

As head of Netwerk24’s multimedia division, I’m always on the lookout for more engaging ways to tell visual stories to digital audiences. Imagine my delight when Code for South Africa director, Adi Eyal, arrived at Codebridge, where I’m attending the … Continue reading Duck stampede: An experiment with 360° video

Wedding venues might be a b$tch to book, but South Africans are also keeping the divorce court pretty busy. Now new data can help you “divorce-proof” your union a little bit, at least statistically-speaking. Happily never after Divorce in SAInfographic … Continue reading Happy never after: divorce in SA

Administrative problems, together with a failure to root out abuse of the housing allocation system, is tripping up the delivery of title deeds to beneficiaries in the country’s cities, with one metro failing to hand over any title deeds in … Continue reading Metros falling way behind in issuing of property title deeds

It’s easy to forget, amid all the cleaning, sorting, and filtering, that data journalism is all about storytelling. A wise man once told me “It’s called data journalism, not data journalism.” This is undoubtedly true, but before you get to … Continue reading When all else fails, make your own spreadsheet

More than 3 million South Africans visited registration stations across the country this weekend to register to vote for the up-coming local government elections, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Of the 3.5 million people registering to vote over … Continue reading Voter registration weekend in numbers: E Cape reaches target

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