Difference between government and private sector vaccines

Both government and private offer eight vaccines from the list of routine immunisation recommendations. How do you do start to answer the question? From the vaccinations offered and who (government and private, here) offers what. The World Health Organization (WHO) compiles key information on routine immunisation recommendations. These recommendations are based on position papers, published in…

From Idea to [the start of a] Story

This is an introductory guide on how to produce the beginnings of a piece of data journalism. We’re going to walk through it together, as I outline the key things to consider before starting, how to structure your work, a basic process to follow, and then use a real case study to show how the…

Police raid on #Alexandra Wednesday morning uncovers little

Members of the South African police, along with units of Tactical Response Team and Bomb Disposal, entered the Alexandra Men’s Hostel around midnight Wednesday morning. SANDF soldiers and armoured cars were stationed close to the hostel, while the police walked through and searched rooms. SAPS spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza explained that the purpose of the raid…

#Jeppestown raid targeted ‘criminal elements’ of xenophobic attacks

The raid on Jeppestown Men’s Hostel Tuesday night was about the ‘criminal elements’ from the xenophobic attacks in the area. 11 suspects were arrested. SAPS provinicial spokesperson Lt Kay Makhubela explained that the police seized stolen goods, ‘believed to may have’ come from lootings. Reports have also mentioned large amounts of dagga received. SANDF spokesperson…

Some government uptake from TomTom data and insights

The TomTom Traffic Index released earlier this month reveals insight about congestion and traffic patterns in South Africa. Cape Town, in 55th position on the global index, remains the most congested city in the country, with morning commutes adding up to 72% to commuting time. Johannesburg listed at 77 fares only slightly better, with morning…

[interactive map] Top hijacking and smash ‘n’ grab hotspots in Gauteng

Deep in South Africa has produced an interactive map below of the top hijacking and smash ‘n’ grab hotspots in Gauteng, based on data from the Gauteng Department of Community Safety and eBlockwatch. The data from the Department of Community Safety comes from a question-and-answer session with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. Nkosi-Malobane mentioned…

[webdoc] Protest Chants of the EFF

Deep in South Africa is experimenting with new ways of telling a story and leveraging powerful new web technologies that facilitate that. Protest Chants of the EFF is a short webdoc (web documentary), powered by Interlude’s Treehouse, on a protest held by the EFF last year May during the general elections. It’s  designed for both desktop/laptop and mobile….

Following the Jeppestown evictions

One of the buildings at the center of last week’s Jeppestown protest has been identified as 301 Marshall Street, owned by Rilagraph Pty Ltd. Deep in South Africa has seen and confirmed an eviction notice served to the residents. Rilagraph’s attorney Greg Vermaak of Vermaak & Partners confirmed that the eviction notice was served July…

[Updated] Understanding the #JeppeProtest and Jeppestown evictions

Updated 11:50am 24 March 2015: This past Wednesday, an unauthorized march formed close to Jeppe Men’s Hostel in Jeppestown, downtown Johannesburg, after eviction orders were issued to residents. A local youth empowerment organization Umuzi Photo Club reported that residents in the area felt aggrieved and ignored by the City of Johannesburg and the local ANC…