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.
We explore the capacity of the government to spy on the communications of individuals’ cellphones, landline phones and internet activities.
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.
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.
As the case against Anglo American SA in the UK unfolds, local lawyers are calling for the setting up of a compensation fund.
Mtobeli Elson Vapi is only 52 and treading lightly is about as much activity as his body can handle.
Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
The Bapo Ba Mogale community claims that the mining giant Lonmin has fudged its profits and owes them millions in royalties, writes Heidi Swart.
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.
A stretch of farmland that could prove vital to Cape Town's food security is threatened by development, illegal dumping and informal settlements.
Wildcat strikes in the mining sector have set a new trend that could result in the unravelling of the formal system of collective bargaining.