Civic Technology

Technology is not our focus, but rather something we use to achieve in order to achieve our goals. Keep reading if you're interested in the ways we use technology to empower people to improve their lives and their communities. You might also be interested in our code on GitHub.

It's the civic that decides whether and how the tech will work.

Medicine Price Registry

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.

In 2016, 29 municipalities in South Africa were created and 40 were disestablished. At OpenUp, we handle these changes by following the principle of “making the common easy, and making the not-so-common possible”.

Municipal Money Wazimap

By building a series of programs used to source, scrape and index government gazettes, we now have a growing collection of over 20,000 free and searchable publications.

Open Gazettes

It's now much easier to build your own Wazimap and help more people find the story behind the data.


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

We haven't written any technical blogs about how we play with data. In this quick post I explain how I managed to create a database of addresses of all the early childhood development centres in Zululand.

Open Data Portal