Civic Tech in South Africa


South Africa has many civic tech organisations, such as, Grassroot, GovChat and Vulekamali, which aim to make a real impact on many issues concerning South African citizens. Such organisations make use of different technologies to make a real change. These civic tech organisations often focus on issues pertaining to transparency and accountability, education, citizen participation, open data, governance, journalism and much more.

Suggested resources:

  • The #CivicTechAfrica and #OpenDataAfrica hashtags on Twitter
  • The Civic Tech Innovation Database is a living collection of civic tech initiatives in South Africa. It is managed by jamlab for the Civic Tech Innovation Network. You can search the database by the name of the project, by the type of platform, by an organisation or by keywords. For each initiative identified, information about the platform, its creators and partners is included.
  • Civic Tech Innovation Network’s online magazine and email newsletter


City of Cape Town Open Data Portal

This portal makes available data on the City of Cape Town to increase transparency in its processes and actively involve residents and other stakeholders in local government, as well as promote economic opportunity.

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To create a plan for finding technology tools that suit your social change project.

Civic Tech Innovation Forum in South Africa

Building relationships between government and citizens, and interested in how new technologies could enable better services, communication and accountability

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Civic Tech Innovation Database (South Africa)

The Civic Tech Innovation Database is a living collection of civic tech initiatives in South Africa.

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Beautiful Rising

Beautiful Rising seeks to strengthen the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and civil society organizations to achieve lasting social change.

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Shuttleworth Fellows

The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.

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Engage Whatsapp app

Change the face of social impact engagement globally

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Legal Legends

Legal Legends allows small businesses to purchase legal services at fixed prices on its platform.

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Civic Tech Innovation Network’s Medium

The Civic Tech Innovation Network newsletter and online magazine is produced by the journalism and media lab, university of the witwatersrand, johannesburg

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Pocket Law

Pocket Law is an offline legal library for students with no internet connection at home, and for courts with limitedinternet connectivity. Additionally, smaller or younger law firms can also subscribe to use this legal library.

mapMarkerGrey South Africa... attempts to remove barriers to legal assistance by providing DIY legal solutions in the form of videotutorials. Videos are recorded with professional lawyers, and are available in multiple languages.

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Open Cities Lab

Open Cities Lab is a non-profit open and non-partisan organisation that combines the use of action research, co-design, data science, and technology with civic engagement, to enable the development of inclusive cities and urban spaces.

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Curated by the Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN).

Our South African civic tech project collection benefits enormously from CTIN’s South African Civic Tech Innovation Database.

Curated by Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) a community of practice made up of practitioners, leaders, activists, technologists, researchers, and public servants who have an interest and commitment to leveraging the nexus between technology and civic activism. CTIN aims to produce and deliver actionable learning through content and events – for African civic tech organizations and initiatives and people active in or interested in innovation in government, transparency, governance, and accountability processes. CTIN works to bring together a community of practitioners — from the public and private sector — to promote quicker, smarter innovation that enables accountability, governance, and citizen participation. CTIN encourages people to participate in the network through its Medium publication. For more on CTIN follow and engage with them on their Facebook page and on Twitter (@CivicTechAfrica).

CTIN is based at the Journalism and Media Department at the Witwatersrand University in South Africa. The project is generously supported by an investment from Luminate.

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