Here’s what President Zuma has spoken about the most in his 10 SONAs

Education, infrastructure development and social cohesion/nation building are the three subjects South Africa’s President Jacob has spoken about the most in his state of the nation addresses (SONAs) since 2009. The speech he delivered in South Africa’s parliament on Thursday February 9, after the chaos had subsided, was his tenth since he took office in 2009. I’ve […]

Extracting street information from OpenStreetMap with Python

We spend a lot of time working with maps as part of data projects we’re working on, which is why I was excited to discover a new map tool yesterday. OSMnx is a fantastic new Python package that makes it really easy to extract boundary shapes and street data from OpenStreetMap. OSMnx is being developed by […]

Global temperatures: 1880 – 2016

2016 was the warmest year on record according to data released by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data compares the average global temperature for each year, from 1880 to 2016, with the average global temperature for the whole of the 20th century (represented as 0 on the vertical axis in the […]

South Africa at the Olympics (1908 to 2016). Who won the medals and which sports are we best at?

Athletics and swimming are the two sports Team South Africa does best at in the Olympics. Since 1992 our track and field athletes have brought home 15 medals, and our swimmers 14. The swimmers have had the edge when it comes to winning gold, though, until this year, when Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk […]

D3 Interactive: Seat allocations post-local government elections 2016

A couple of days ago Laura did a great review of the balance of power in the major South African metropolitan councils following the 2016 local government elections. Inspired by her visualisation I decided to try a slightly different approach to the data using D3.js. This is the result:  

South Africa’s murder statistics in seven charts

In brief The number of murder cases reported by the South African police has increased by 14.5% over the past three years. SA’s murder rate is five times higher than the global average. The country has been in the global top 10 for its high homicide rate for all but two years since 2000. The […]