Twitter’s response to #OccupyLuthuliHouse

The #OccupyLuthuliHouse protests this past week were perhaps the most visible manifestation yet of the split within the ANC between President Jacob Zuma’s powerbase and those who believe that he is steering the party (and the country) in the wrong direction. I started collecting tweets on the day of the …

Hair, language, school policies and race

I started collecting tweets that mentioned the controversy around Pretoria Girls High’s hair policy (based on terms like “#StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh”, “hair AND racism”, etc.) a few days ago. I was a bit behind the curve, only picking up on it on the second day of action but still managed to collect 36,460 tweets from 30,175 different …

Black First, Land First and #PravinMustGo

Andile Mngxitama and his “Black First, Land First” party really intrigue me. I can’t work out where they are coming from. First he joins as a senior member of the EFF but is kicked out. He then pops up as a talking head on Gupta-owned news station, ANN7. He/they espouse perhaps the …

SABC capture discussion volumes on Twitter

It’s bittersweet to see that the capture of the SABC has been generating sustained conversation on Twitter. People aren’t letting this one go. 130k tweets since the 28th of June which is pretty large for a South African dataset and still going strong 🙂 / 🙁 [PLEASE NOTE: I originally posted …

South Africa politics’ ideological continuum

I’ve been collecting tweets around political events since the beginning of the year. I threw them all together into a single dataset recently (I originally posted this on the 18th July 2016). Here’s a summary of the main communities identified when it comes to SA politics. This covers about 1.5m …

Pokemon Go, porn and South Africa’s massive unemployment problem

A fun exploration of Pokemon Go via Google Trends quickly took a turn for the depressing the other day (I originally posted this on th 18th July 2016). Initially, we struggled to find a term more popular than “Pokemon Go” initially until we struck upon “jobs”: However, even jobs couldn’t …

The rise of black graduates

This infographic by the Mail & Guardian is very encouraging. It shows a dramatic rise in black graduates with degrees, contradicting recent reporting to the contrary. [Source]

How often do protests turn violent in South Africa?

Apparently we have 11 service delivery protests a day across the country. An overwhelming majority – 82% –  are peaceful but we do have many that turn violent according to this Mail & Guardian article. Here’s a pie chart to help you visualise that 🙂 [PLEASE NOTE: I originally shared this …

Comparing the party manifesto launches

I collected tweets mentioning each of the three major parties’ election manifesto launches. This chart simply compares the volumes generated by each manifesto launch. The EFF led the way, followed by the DA and finally the ANC in third place. [PLEASE NOTE: I originally shared this post on the 6 …