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About Us

We develop investigative journalism. We expose wrongdoing, empowering people to hold power to account.

WELCOME TO AMABHUNGANE

AmaBhungane’s small team of investigators has forced information into the public domain where there was none. Our investigative stories – exposés on institutional independence being undermined, corruption, corporate malfeasance and “state capture” — have contributed to political and corporate changes that included the resignation of South Africa’s president in February 2018.

We have helped others do and develop investigative journalism by hosting some 80 fellows and presenting numerous workshops. Some of our alumni went on to found centres like ours elsewhere in Southern Africa. We have supported and collaborated with those centres, and scaled up the support by spinning off a separate non-profit, the IJ Hub, which we incubated from 2019 to 30 June 2021.

Our advocacy has secured information flows for journalists and the public at large. We helped found the campaign that stopped the “Secrecy Bill”; secured legislative amendments including to make company ownership transparent; litigated successfully including to preserve the public status of court records and have unduly intrusive state surveillance practices struck down; and improved access-to-information law by exercising it in and out of the courts.

 

We answer to a board consisting of Nic Dawes, Dr Sithembile Mbete, Angela Quintal, Dewald van Rensburg (staff rep) and Stephen (Sam) Sole. Sam is the executive director.

amaB is a part of the Press Ombud.
Bringing transparency, bringing about change.

WELCOME TO AMABHUNGANE

AmaBhungane’s small team of investigators has forced information into the public domain where there was none. Our investigative stories – exposés on institutional independence being undermined, corruption, corporate malfeasance and “state capture” — have contributed to political and corporate changes that included the resignation of South Africa’s president in February 2018.

We have helped others do and develop investigative journalism by hosting some 80 fellows and presenting numerous workshops. Some of our alumni went on to found centres like ours elsewhere in Southern Africa. We have supported and collaborated with those centres, and scaled up the support by spinning off a separate non-profit, the IJ Hub, which we incubated from 2019 to 30 June 2021.

 

Our advocacy has secured information flows for journalists and the public at large. We helped found the campaign that stopped the “Secrecy Bill”; secured legislative amendments including to make company ownership transparent; litigated successfully including to preserve the public status of court records and have unduly intrusive state surveillance practices struck down; and improved access-to-information law by exercising it in and out of the courts.

We answer to a board consisting of Prof Tawana Kupe (chair), Nic Dawes, Dr Sithembile Mbete, Sisonke Msimang, Angela Quintal, Dewald van Rensburg (staff rep) and Stephen (Sam) Sole. Sam is the executive director.

amaB is a part of the Press Ombud.
Bringing transparency, bringing about change.

WELCOME TO AMABHUNGANE

AmaBhungane’s small team of investigators has forced information into the public domain where there was none. Our investigative stories – exposés on institutional independence being undermined, corruption, corporate malfeasance and “state capture” — have contributed to political and corporate changes that included the resignation of South Africa’s president in February 2018.

We have helped others do and develop investigative journalism by hosting some 80 fellows and presenting numerous workshops. Some of our alumni went on to found centres like ours elsewhere in Southern Africa. We have supported and collaborated with those centres, and scaled up the support by spinning off a separate non-profit, the IJ Hub, which we incubated from 2019 to 30 June 2021.

Our advocacy has secured information flows for journalists and the public at large. We helped found the campaign that stopped the “Secrecy Bill”; secured legislative amendments including to make company ownership transparent; litigated successfully including to preserve the public status of court records and have unduly intrusive state surveillance practices struck down; and improved access-to-information law by exercising it in and out of the courts.

We answer to a board consisting of Prof Tawana Kupe (chair), Nic Dawes, Dr Sithembile Mbete, Sisonke Msimang, Angela Quintal, Dewald van Rensburg (staff rep) and Stephen (Sam) Sole. Sam is the executive director.

amaB is a part of the Press Ombud.
Bringing transparency, bringing about change.

Annual reports & AFS

All our narrative reports and financial statements from 2015.

DECLARATIONS

Our declarations for financial years
2016 to 2023.

SUPPORT

We are a non-profit. The public & charitable foundations support us.

FUNDING

We are fiercely independent. View our funding policy here.

CONTACT

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Expect it from us too.

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DIGGING DUNG. FERTILISING DEMOCRACY.

Launched in 2010, amaBhungane (isiZulu for “the dung beetles”) is an independent, non-profit newsroom based in South Africa. We develop investigative journalism to promote free, capable media and open, accountable, just democracy.

We are a non-profit, there to
serve the public. We do not sell
our stories.

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