25 March 2023 | 01:11 PM

Watch: An amaBhungane masterclass on financial forensics


AmaBhungane’s financial reporting maestro, Dewald van Rensburg joined fellow beetles, Susan Comrie and Sam Sole (amaB managing partner) to present an online masterclass session on financial forensics.

The amaBhungane masterclass was one of about 25 sessions offered by the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) in October.
The annual conference is usually held at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Journalism Department, who also organise it. But the global outbreak in 2020, of the Covid-19 pandemic, forced the conference online.
For their virtual masterclass session, the amaB trio used a case study — a series of amaBhungane investigations relating to South African businessman Iqbal Survé and his Sekunjalo group of companies — to demonstrate everything that is financial forensics.

Van Rensburg, Comrie and Sole also discussed practical issues around prioritising investigative resources; story selection and targeted misinformation and smear campaigns aimed at reporters.

Read some of our Survé-linked investigations: 

*“Dr Dan” Matjila’s secret deal to make Survé’s R700m debt to pensioners ‘disappear’
*Independent “outsources” staff to tap Public Investment Corporation billions
*Sactwu drags Survé to court for Indy millions
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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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