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Issue #2   Jun 2019
So, we've made it to issue two of this newsletter. It was meant to be published this time last week but we were struck down with illness so rather than sending out a half-baked newsletter we opted to delay it for a week. From next month we'll be back on track for the first Monday of the month. 

In this newsletter we have two new pieces we've been working on, as well as some exciting news

Laura & Alastair

South Africa's Leadership in Numbers 

With the national elections now behind us and a new parliament in place we've spent the last few weeks looking into some of the numbers behind the latest instalment of government. 

We started with an interactive dive into the gender and age makeup of the South African Parliament. Some of the key takeaways  are that while the number of politicians in the National Assembly aged 35 or younger has more than doubled to 48 since the last Parliament, most of the MPs are still relatively old. 57% of them are 50 years or older. Women make up 45% of the Parliamentary seats. The full interactive version can be viewed here

Pulling it all together

The first interactive visualisation was done just days after the election results were released. We've had to update it a few times since following the various resignations of MPs over the past few weeks. 

The second visualisation, which we're releasing today, was done following the announcement of the new Cabinet by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Below is an introduction to the visual story. You can view the full interactive version here.


Women In Parliament & Cabinet

With 30 of the 64 Cabinet members being women, the gender makeup of the Cabinet mirrors that of the National Assembly, from which it is largely drawn.

South Africa ranks among the top few countries in which women make up a significant portion of the national parliament. In the UK's House of Commons 32% of the seats are held by women, and in Australia women hold 29% of the seats. Closer to home, Rwanda's national parliament is made up of more than 60% women, while Kenya's is at the lower end with 22% women.


Check out the rest of the visual story here


And now some news

Before we wrap up we have some news. We're pleased to say that Media Hack has been shortlisted in the Global Editors Networks' 2019 Data Journalism Awards. We were one of 607 global projects that entered the competition and we're finalists in the "Small Newsroom" category. The winners will be announced at the GEN Summit in Athens in June. 

The two pieces we submitted for the awards focused on pit toilets in South Africa's schools and one of the projects was a collaboration with education NGO Section27

The two pieces can be seen here: 


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