Our privacy and access policies
We are a non-profit organisation that does no more than the journalism and related activities we describe here. We will not sell your information nor hand it over to others to target you with advertising. However, our work and your use of this site have privacy implications.
Personal information used in our reporting
- Journalistic inquiry and publication may intrude on privacy, but it should do so only to the extent justifiable in the public interest.
- The Protection of Personal Information Act does not apply to journalists when they do bona fide journalism and are “subject to a code of ethics that provides adequate safeguards for the protection of personal information”. The Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media is such a code.
- As we subscribe to it, any complaint that we intruded unjustifiably on a person’s privacy in the course of our journalism should be directed to the Press Ombud here or by calling +27 (0)11 484 3612.
- For information regarding privacy that is not related to our reporting, see below.
How does this website collect and use my personal information?
Does this website collect my personal information? If so, what information does it collect?
- This website does not collect any personal information that could identify you when you browse this website and read our articles.
- We access the data received in depersonalised, aggregated form only.
I don’t want to share this information with this website. How do I opt out?
- You may choose to opt out of Google Analytics by clicking this link.
- You can also disable cookies in your web browser settings, or delete cookies manually.
By using this website, will my information be accessible to external websites and services?
How is my personal information collected and used when I donate to amaBhungane?
- When you make a donation to amaBhungane via GivenGain, it shares information like your name, address, email address and the donation amount with us. If you tick the “anonymous” box when donating, GivenGain will not share your name, address or email address with us. We prefer your donations not to be anonymous as we are unable to give anonymous supporters any benefits.
- If you donate to us via GivenGain, PayFast, Paypal or directly, we treat your personal information as private and use it only to understand our donor base, communicate with you and extend agreed benefits to you. We will not share your information with third parties except our accountants and/or auditors or if required to do so by law.
- However, if your donation is above our disclosure threshold (currently R10 000/year), your name and amount donated will be published on this website and may be published in stakeholder communications.
How is my personal information collected and used when I subscribe to amaBhungane’s newsletter and/or WhatsApp channel?
- We will communicate with you via our newsletter and WhatsApp channel only if you have subscribed to them or otherwise agreed to receive communications via them.
- In order to do this, we will store the information you provide to us (such as name, email address and/or cellphone number) in our database.
- By signing up to receive communications, you consent to us providing your contact information as supplied to our distribution service providers, MailChimp (if you choose to receive email) and/or WhatsApp (if you choose to receive WhatsApp updates), for the purposes of distribution.
- Communications include information about our latest stories. They may also include information about our activities to develop investigative journalism, information about our town hall events and funding appeals.
How can I stop receiving communications from amaBhungane?
- If you want to stop your newsletter subscription, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you want to stop your WhatsApp notifications, send an SMS or WhatsApp to the number from which you are getting the notifications.
- When you opt out of receiving these communications, amaBhungane will delete the contact information you supplied at the time of sign-up from our database.
Access to information
- Information about how to request information from amaBhungane in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 can be found in our PAIA manual.
Other essential Information
- For any complaints concerning our use of personal information outside of our journalistic activities, we are subject to the Protection of Personal Information Act and the jurisdiction of the Information Regulator, which is the appropriate authority for complaints.
- You may request a copy of your personal information as described in this section, and if necessary, a correction or deletion of the information. You can also withdraw consent for the processing of your personal information. To do so, contact us at email@example.com.
- For contact information of our Information Officer as well as further information about how we process personal information (including how we keep it safe) see our PAIA Manual here.
- Effective date: 20 July 2021