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:  

Power changes: Which parties are in charge of SA’s metros after the local government elections

Up until August 3, the day of the 2016 local government elections, the African National Congress had a controlling share of the council seats in all but one of the eight big metropolitan municipalities. The City of Cape Town was run by the Democratic Alliance. The DA has bagged the most votes in two more […]

Which SA politicians and parties are big on Twitter?

Datablog has started to keep track of what the political parties and politicians are up to on Twitter ahead of the local government elections. When it comes to tweeting, the Democratic Alliance is soaring over the other political parties. With a week to go before the local government elections, its @our_DA account had released into the Twitterverse 69 700 posts – an average of 26 Tweets per day – twice as many as @myANC (32 900) – 12 a day – and three times as many as @EFFSouthAfrica (22 400) – 16 a day.

#FeesMustFall barely registers a blip on the president’s Sona

Protesting students may have successfully focussed attention on the inequalities in the education system, and the economic plight of students, but if the protesters had hoped that their efforts would merit a decent showing in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address (Sona), they must be disappointed. The president offered up a mere 67 […]

How much will it cost to go to a South African university in 2016?

South African students made history in October 2015 by forcing the government to put a moratorium on tuition fee increases for 2016. That meant that students would pay the same fees in 2016 as they paid in 2015. I was commissioned by Africa Check, a fact-checking project, to write a report on the tuition fees […]

The ANC has lost nearly half-a-million members. Or has it? And will that matter in the 2016 election?

In brief: Even though membership has taken a dive since the high of the 2012 centenary celebrations, there are still 24% more members in 2015 than than there were in 2007. The party also has more members now than it did before the last local government elections in 2011. Only the Free State and the […]

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 […]