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Dinonofo Pico

Dinonofo Pico

Dino is the 2019 Eugene Saldanha Fellow for Social Justice at the Mail & Guardian, a position made possible with funding from the Summit Education Trust and administered by the Adamela Trust. With a background in physics and computing, Dino's speciality is in data journalism, and as part of the M&G Data Desk he helps brings hard facts and evidence-based precision to issues and stories affecting millions of South Africans.  
‘Drugs are the tools for the youth to self-destruct’
‘Drugs are the tools for the youth to self-destruct’
The numbers are stark: there has been a 10.5% increase in drug-related crimes over the past two years; the Hawks close down more than one illicit...
Jozini: Where youth actually vote
Jozini: Where youth actually vote
The municipality of Jozini, in KwaZulu-Natal, had the highest proportion of young voters in the 2014 national elections. More than a third of the...
Small parties are shrinking – except for Freedom Front Plus
Small parties are shrinking – except for Freedom Front Plus
Over the past four elections the smaller political parties have been losing votes hand over fist — except for the Freedom Front Plus (FF+)....
FF+ gains traction in Mossel Bay
FF+ gains traction in Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay on the Cape South Coast is a sleepy, seaside town. But like any town or city in South Africa, it’s gripped by election fever.
Umdoni residents want change
Umdoni residents want change
South Africans are notorious for sticking to their political party choices, come hell or high water. Not so for the residents of voter district...
Whose responsibility is it anyway?
Whose responsibility is it anyway?
About half of Gauteng residents do not know which spheres of government are responsible for which services.
What women want
What women want
Where voters won’t come out to vote
Where voters won’t come out to vote
The neon pink shack has gaping spaces between the corrugated iron walls and the poles that are holding the rickety structure together.
The small town with the big money
The small town with the big money
A mere 300km from the border of Namibia lies a small town that’s growing exponentially — it is home to some of South Africa’s highest...
The State of the Nation in numbers
The State of the Nation in numbers
The M&G Data Desk analysed the previous 29 State of the Nation addresses (Sona) delivered since 1994. In total, 97 530 words were pulled...