Active Citizenry

Our vision of an informed society is one in which people can take action to improve their situation and that of others, making use of the mechanisms of governance to effect change. We work towards this vision by creating tools such as Open By-laws and Open Gazettes. These help South Africans be more informed about the national and local legislation that govern them.

When it comes to open data we have learnt that data just being open, available and accessible is not enough. Whilst we don’t have all the answers, we do have some learnings to share.


Open Gazettes changes the way journalists use government gazettes to do stories, by allowing users to search and track important public information.

Open Gazettes How-to

The Indigo Legislation Platform now powers Open By-laws South Africa, a big jump forward for re-use, free access to law, and open source legislation software.

Open By-laws Launch

Sometimes you can't anticipate how your work is going to be used. Here is a story that really motivates me to continue doing what we do.

Medicine Price Registry Case study

Open Data for the win! How to save on your medicines bill using open data.

Medicine Price Registry How-to

Occasionally I wonder why our work matters. How does it make our lives easier and promote better engagement with government. I have a sad tale to tell about a garden that I planted which was subsequently destroyed by the council and how I plan to get to the bottom of it.

Open By-laws Opinion