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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
Despite the law, mass surveillance is happening in South Africa. And the government is likely using it illegally.
How cops and crooks can 'grab' your cellphone - and you
How cops and crooks can 'grab' your cellphone - and you
There are no clear answers about the legality of invasive surveillance gizmos.
Big Brother is listening – on your phone
Big Brother is listening – on your phone
We explore the capacity of the government to spy on the communications of individuals’ cellphones, landline phones and internet activities.
Violence in the villages: The quiet scourge of rural rape
Violence in the villages: The quiet scourge of rural rape
Rape in rural areas is feared to be dramatically under-reported. We headed to villages in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State to find out why.
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?
While India raged, South Africa's response to Anene's rape has been muted by comparison. Why? This is the first of a five-part series on rape.
Class action for silicosis payout tarnishes gold industry
Class action for silicosis payout tarnishes gold industry
As the case against Anglo American SA in the UK unfolds, local lawyers are calling for the setting up of a compensation fund.
Rural idyll belies life of silent suffering
Rural idyll belies life of silent suffering
Mtobeli Elson Vapi is only 52 and treading lightly is about as much activity as his body can handle.
Silent killer lurks in miners' lungs
Silent killer lurks in miners' lungs
Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
Lonmin faces community showdown
Lonmin faces community showdown
The Bapo Ba Mogale community claims that the mining giant Lonmin has fudged its profits and owes them millions in royalties, writes Heidi Swart.
Bapo community wants Lonmin rights back
Bapo community wants Lonmin rights back
The community that owns the land mined by Lonmin is planning an application to cancel mining rights of the world's third-largest platinum producer.
Fight for Philippi: Cape farmland could lose ground to housing
Fight for Philippi: Cape farmland could lose ground to housing
A stretch of farmland that could prove vital to Cape Town's food security is threatened by development, illegal dumping and informal settlements.