Municipal boundary changes: Eastern Cape

12 May 2016

Here’s the first in a series of blogs analysing the changes in political boundaries and how these might affect the balance of power in some marginal municipalities. We’ll look at the boundary changes in the Eastern Cape province first.

Why do so many young people keep registering to vote?

20 April 2016

You might have heard the original joke, which goes along the lines of “The oldest man in the world has died. Again. Why does this keep happening?”.  Granted, it’s not the world’s funniest joke but the death of the world’s oldest man and the registration of the world’s youngest voters have something in common – […]

Who’s getting ready to vote: a look at the voting registration numbers

19 April 2016

The Electoral Commission (IEC) held two registration weekends (in March and April). Earlier this month it released a report on the numbers of people who registered to vote. This post will look at that report and tease out a couple of themes from it. All the pictures in this post are screengrabs from the report, which you […]

The two maps you need for 2016 analysis

5 April 2016

I know, I know, the headline is a little bit clickbaity. But you know that we have the good stuff on this blog. Here are two maps which will give you the solid background you need to speak intelligibly and intelligently about the upcoming municipal elections.

Old and new borders: Nelson Mandela Bay metro 2016

18 March 2016

The Municipal Demarcation Board released the new boundary demarcations (district municipalities, local municipalities and municipal wards). These boundaries are available as shape files, so we can now map the old boundaries onto the new. Specifically, we can see how the changes in ward boundaries might affect 2016 seats won by the various parties. 

2011 elections: ward winners

14 March 2016

Here’s a map of the 2011 municipal ward winners by party. It was made using CartoDB, which is one of my favourite mapping programmes. As you can see, it’s ridiculously easy to make really beautiful maps with it. If you click on a particular ward you’ll see a little information box pop up with the […]

Tlokwe: Timeline of events

21 February 2016

Here’s a timeline of events for Tlokwe. I made it using this awesome tool developed by the Knight Lab, and taught to me at the Data Journalism Academy run by Code4SA. Let me know what you think.

NDP: less easy than 1-2-3

3 February 2016

Here’s a quick update on what lower GDP growth rates mean to the NDP goals. It looks like it’s time for us to rethink our long-term macroeconomic goals and our econometric models on how to get there

What do I do with my vote?

31 January 2016

This is a rant disguised as interlude between more serious posts. I don’t know who I will vote for in this year’s municipal elections, but the DA is back on the table. To paraphrase The Young Ones: ‘A principled political stance is like a garden shed, if you try and swallow it it will stick in your throat’