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Heidi Swart

Heidi Swart

Heidi Swart has a background in social work and social research. She made a career change to journalism in 2010 when she was accepted for a cadetship at Independent Newspapers. This involved a year of in-house training with the Cape Argus and Independent's investigations unit, under the auspices of veteran investigator Ivor Powell. Following this, she worked at the Cape Community Newspapers for six months, a branch of Independent Newspapers. She completed a six-month internship at the Mail & Guardian's centre for investigative journalism, amaBhungane. She is currently the Eugene Saldanha Fellow for social justice reporting.
Say nothing – the spooks are listening
Say nothing – the spooks are listening
The technology exists to make continuous recordings and store every form of tele­communication of every South African citizen. And there are...
How cops and crooks can 'grab' your cellphone - and you
How cops and crooks can 'grab' your cellphone - and you
October 31 2005. The global “War on Terror” is in full swing, with 9/11 still fresh in everyone’s memories. The United States is at war with...
Big Brother is listening – on your phone
Big Brother is listening – on your phone
Among a row of business offices in Sunninghill, Sandton, sits an unnamed, unnumbered three-storey building. It seems out of place: against the...
Violence in the villages: The quiet scourge of rural rape
Violence in the villages: The quiet scourge of rural rape
She only heard women's voices calling after her as he dragged her further into the bushes.
Will Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder shake the nation into action?
Will Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder shake the nation into action?
The two women will never know each other but their names are now inextricably linked – Anene Booysen and Jyoti Singh Pandey.
Class action for silicosis payout tarnishes gold industry
Class action for silicosis payout tarnishes gold industry
Human rights lawyers have accused Anglo American South Africa of knowingly and negligently neglecting to implement measures to protect gold miners...
Rural idyll belies life of silent suffering
Rural idyll belies life of silent suffering
Mtobeli Elson Vapi shelters himself from the misty rain with a blue floral umbrella as he walks through the long, wet grass on the way to his rural...
Silent killer lurks in miners' lungs
Silent killer lurks in miners' lungs
They called them the radium girls – five factory workers who sued a company that produced glow-in-the-dark radioactive paint because it...
Lonmin faces community showdown
Lonmin faces community showdown
Mining giant Lonmin is not only in the spotlight for the recent Marikana shootings. The  community that hosts Lonmin's platinum mines plans...
Bapo community wants Lonmin rights back
Bapo community wants Lonmin rights back
Shareholders in the company, which has been under pressure because of high costs, weak prices and strikes, this week approved a $817-million rights...
Fight for Philippi: Cape farmland could lose ground to housing
Fight for Philippi: Cape farmland could lose ground to housing
Yet, despite research warning that the Philippi horticultural area, a mere 20-minute drive from the city centre, is crucial to the city's food...
Labour action: A breakdown in collective bargaining
Labour action: A breakdown in collective bargaining
Following the illegal strike by Implats workers in Rustenburg in February and Lonmin workers at Marikana in August, the process of striking workers...