Wazimap, from the Xhosa word ulwazi for knowledge, provides easy access to South African census and elections data. This includes election results from 2011, 2014 and 2016; racial, income, education, unemployment and access to basic services down to ward level.
Wazimap was created in the run up to the 2014 elections because issues of labour, unemployment, crime, health, education challenges, transformation, sustainability, land, racism, xenophobia, poverty, inequality, gender-based violence and child abuse being so prevalent, we see that each of these issues receive less than 2% of coverage. In an effort to help journalists get reliable factual information to back up and give context to stories, unpack the different political dynamics in different hot spots and see elements of how they cover elections, we had an idea that we could try and mash data from the census carried out by Stats SA together with elections results and media coverage. During a Hacks Hackers event, Media Monitoring Africa's (MMA) William Bird and OpenUp's Adi Eyal banded together to create a tool that could do just this. The name Wazi is derived from the IsiXhosa word “ulwazi” for knowledge which we believed resonated with the aim of Wazimap. Over the last six years, Wazimap has been updated with every round of elections and continues to be powered by OpenUp, with the assistance of MMA. Wazimap has already proven to be so successful that it is being adapted again for Kenya and Nigeria by OpenUp and we have more great things for Wazimap planned.