data science

Challenge
Amidst the spread of fake news during COVID-19, how might citizens get access to factual updates?

Insight
WhatsApp has been cited as the largest instant messaging platform in Africa. The convenience of immediate access to the device holder warrants success of most communal communication.

Approach
We catalogued all 140 neighbourhoods in eThekwini Municipality and created a WhatsApp group for each. We partnered with Durban Chamber to source factual information to push to these groups daily.

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Challenge
Durban Global Shapers partnered with Domino Foundation and the Durban Chamber of Commerce to distribute 100 000 hampers containing essential items. How might the hampers be distributed in a fair and transparent way?

Insight
The open data community in South Africa, namely OpenUp produced a tool that makes accessing census data easier.

Approach
Using wazimap we identified sites that would be hit hardest by COVID-19. We prepared a report with compelling visualisations to support relief efforts.