#FeesMustFall 2016 initial look

Here’s an initial look at about a week’s worth of #FeesMustFall data covering 217k tweets. The discussion has two main halves: “mainstream” and “students and activists“, with the media sitting right between them. It’s interesting to see several distinct student/activist communities forming in this dataset. There is a clear Cape …

SABC “capture” on Twitter

In this post, I examine a dataset around the alleged “capture” of our state-run television broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC), by individuals loyal to President Jacob Zuma. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, COO of the SABC (note that he’s not its CEO), has been accused of censoring the news (for example by placing …

Quantifying residential segregation in South Africa’s largest cities

Stats SA has upped their game with great analyses like this entropy-based one looking at the distribution of races spatial inequality in our largest cities. This graph shows the most segregated cities in South Africa. Contrary to popular belief, Cape Town is the third most segregated city after eThekwini and Nelson Mandela …